Plains of Mareta-Hoya de la Yegua

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description (baseline)
An area of scrub, steppe-grassland and sea cliffs on the south-west tip of Lanzarote. Human activities include livestock-farming and residential use.

Key biodiversity
This is an important area for Chlamydotis undulata and other steppic birds.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Threats include soil extraction, habitat fragmentation due to new roads and powerlines, and disturbance to birds caused by jeep-safaris. The area is a game refuge. The local government has undertaken four censuses of Chlamydotis undulata since 1979, and monitoring of the impacts of electric powerlines on birds takes place.

Protected areas
National None International None

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Plains of Mareta-Hoya de la Yegua. Downloaded from on 28/05/2023.