El Médano coast

Country/territory: Spain

IBA Criteria met: B1i, B2, C2, C6 (2011)
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Area: 1,000 ha

Protection status:

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2008 very high favourable low
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Site description
The site encompasses a coastal area in the south of Tenerife that includes rock stacks, sand beaches and some coastal lagoons. Inland lie sandy, rocky plains with deep gullies and cliffs. One site supports dune-adapted vegetation, the only area of such habitat on the island.

Key biodiversity
The plains are important for steppic species and the gullies support breeding raptors. The site is also important for wintering waders, especially Calidris alba, and is the last remaining breeding site of Charadrius alexandrinus in the Santa Cruz de Tenerife province.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: El Médano coast. Downloaded from on 07/03/2021.