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Location Malta, Gozo
Central coordinates 14o 14.00' East  36o 2.00' North
IBA criteria C2, C6
Area 20 ha
Altitude 120 m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

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Site description Sheer sea cliffs (135 m high), on the island of Gozo, with profuse vegetation on some ledges.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Calonectris diomedea breeding  1994  800-1,000 breeding pairs  good  C2, C6  Not Recognised 
Yelkouan Shearwater Puffinus yelkouan breeding  150-300 breeding pairs  C2, C6  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
L-Inhawi ta' Ta' Cenc - MT0000034 Habitats Directive 140 protected area overlaps with site 11  
Rdumijiet ta' Ghawdex: Ta' Cenc - MT0000027 Birds Directive 152 protected area overlaps with site 15  
Ta'Cenc Cliffs Nature Reserve 2 protected area contained by site 2  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  100%
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised 100%

Protection status National High International None2 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Ta'Cenc Cliffs, 2 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ta'Cenc cliffs. Downloaded from on 31/08/2014

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