Step rocks of Hermigua and Agulo

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
Steep-sided valley in the central part of La Gomera, with running water. Heath is present, in addition to exposed bedrock, inland cliffs and laurel Laurus forest. The site is adjacent to Garajonay National Park.

Key biodiversity
One of the most important areas in La Gomera for forest passerines.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The cutting of branches for use in tomato cultivation has a large impact on the laurel forest. Illegal hunting and predation by introduced rats Rattus and feral cats Felis catus pose major threats to both Columba species. Various studies and conservation campaigns (SEO/BirdLife) have centred on the two Columba species.

Protected areas
National None International None

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Step rocks of Hermigua and Agulo. Downloaded from on 20/09/2021.