El Canal y Los Tiles laurel forest

Country/territory: Spain

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2, B2, C1, C2, C6 (2011)
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Area: 526 ha

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2008 very high not assessed low
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Site description
Several valleys that support the most valuable laurel Laurus forest on La Palma. Located in the north-east of the island, the site also contains mixed (Laurus and Pinus canariensis) and coniferous woodland, exposed bedrock and cliffs. In the past, forests were intensively exploited, water-ways were channelized, and livestock-grazing and hunting took place.

Key biodiversity
One of the most important sites on the island for the endemic Columba species. The site is also important for other forest passerines.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: El Canal y Los Tiles laurel forest. Downloaded from on 28/03/2023.