An extensive semi-desertic rocky plain holding salt-tolerant and drought-resistant scrub, with sandy areas, hills, gullies and small patches of arable land. Human activities include cattle-grazing and military manoeuvres.
One of the most important areas in Fuerteventura for Chlamydotis undulata and other steppic birds. Areas of arable land provide habitat for migrating and wintering passerines.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Threats include overgrazing, urban development and infrastructure improvements related to tourism, and disturbance to birds caused by military activity (`Other' threat) and tourism (for example, jeep-safaris). The area is a game refuge. The local government has undertaken six censuses of Chlamydotis undulata since 1979, and is implementing a recovery plan for this species.
National None International Partial2,700 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Lajares, 2,700 ha).
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lajares sandy plain-Cotillo-Ezquinzo. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 15/04/2021.