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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.
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.
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: El Médano coast. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 04/12/2020.