Protected Area for the Management of Habitats or Species
With an area of 101.52 hectares, Ponta Branca is mainly formed by coastal sea-cliffs of particular geological materials, dominated by natural and semi-natural covers of these sea-cliffs, in an area with coastal ridges of difficult access.
In this habitat, we find seabirds’ colonies, of which stands out the Calonectris borealis and Sterna hirundo, and examples of the Azores endemic flora, such as the Corema album subsp. Azoricum, the Erica azorica, the Festuca petraea, the Hypericum foliosum and the Ammi trifoliatum.
This protected area has the statute of Special Area of Conservation (SAC), within the Natura 2000 network, as well as the statutes of Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) Serra Branca, of the BirdLife International organization/SPEA (Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds), and of Nucleus Zone of the Biosphere Reserve.