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Location Malta, Malta
Central coordinates 14o 31.00' East  35o 48.00' North
IBA criteria C2, C6
Area 21 ha
Altitude 0 - 53m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

BirdLife Malta

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Calonectris diomedea breeding  1,000-1,500 breeding pairs  C2, C6  Not Recognised 
Yelkouan Shearwater Puffinus yelkouan breeding  100-150 breeding pairs  C2, C6  Vulnerable 

IBA Monitoring

2013 very high not assessed low

Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species direct mortality of trigger species - hunting and trapping happening now whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration very high
Pollution light pollution happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Pollution noise pollution happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Residential and commercial development commercial and industrial development happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) very rapid to severe deterioration low

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  No management plan exists but the management planning process has begun  Very little or no conservation action taking place  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Rdumijiet ta' Malta: Ir-Ramla tac-Cirkewwa sa Il-Ponta ta' Benghisa - MT0000024 Habitats Directive 2,316 protected area contains site 21  
Rdumijiet ta' Malta: Wied Moqbol sal-Ponta ta' Benghisa - MT0000033 Birds Directive 55 protected area contains site 21  

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: West of Wied ix-Xaqqa to Wied Maqbyl Cliffs. Downloaded from on 26/11/2014

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