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caldera gairía

The Caldera de Gairía
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The Caldera de Gairía, natural monument and "nest" of several birds of special interest.

The Natural Monument of La Caldera de Gairía is located on the island of Fuerteventura, in the municipalities of Antigua and Tuineje, covers an area of 240'9 hectares.

The Natural Monument of Caldera de Garía has several aspects that make its protection important. The landscape value of this structure stands out for being located in a fairly flat area where it attracts attention for its 461 m high. Inside the Caldera there are vestiges of livestock and agricultural uses that existed within it, which indicates the important use of land that took place at certain times. Important environmental values are the existence of sweet tabaibales that are scarce on the island and in terms of fauna it stands out for being a nesting area for birds of great interest.

Birds of the area
In the caldera nest raptors such as the marlin (Buteo buteo), the common kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) and even the endangered majorero guirre (Neophron percnopterus majorensis) and the barn owl (Tyto alba).

Among the steppe birds, the curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus insularum) and the sandgrouse (Pterocles orientalis orientalis).

Passerines such as the hoopoe (Upupa epops), the marsh terrera (Calandrella rufescens polatzeki), the pipit (Anthus berthelotii berthelotii), the trumpeter bullfinch (Bucanetes githagineus amantum), the crow (corvus corax canariensis) and the endemic Canarian stonechat (Saxicola dacotiae dacotiae) are also present.

A natural area
Declared by Law 12/1987, of June 19, on the declaration of Natural Spaces of the Canary Islands, as a Natural Site of National Interest of La Caldera de Gairía, and reclassified to its current category by Law 12/1994, of December 19, on Natural Spaces of the Canary Islands. Maintaining this classification in Legislative Decree 1/2000 approving the Consolidated Text of the Laws on Territorial Planning of the Canary Islands and Natural Spaces of the Canary Islands.

Source: Cabildo de Fuerteventura
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