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Location Malta, Malta
Central coordinates 14o 22.00' East  36o 0.00' North
IBA criteria C2, C6
Area 4 ha
Altitude 0 - 25m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

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Site description A promontory in the L-Ahrax area, where there is a 200 m stretch of sea cliffs (25 m high) at the base of which there is a lot of rock debris.

Key Biodiversity The cliffs support one of the largest colonies of Puffinus yelkouan in the species's range. Notable numbers of Calandrella brachydactyla and Sylvia conspicillata (locally decreasing) breed along the cliff-tops.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Yelkouan Shearwater Puffinus yelkouan breeding  1994  500 breeding pairs  C2, C6  Vulnerable 

IBA Monitoring

2013 high not assessed medium
unset
Unknown

Energy production and mining renewable energy likely in short term (within 4 years) whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Invasive and other problematic species and genes invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - named species happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Pollution excess energy - light pollution happening now whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Pollution excess energy - noise pollution happening now whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Pollution garbage & solid waste likely in short term (within 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration medium

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  medium 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Ramla tat-Torri / Rdum tal-Madonna Area - MT0000009 Birds Directive 75 protected area contains site 4  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  100%

Land use

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

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Rdum Tal-Madonna. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/12/2014

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