|Location||Gambia, Western Division|
|Central coordinates||16o 45.00' West 13o 4.00' North|
|Altitude||0 - 10m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description The Allahein river forms the border between The Gambia and southern Senegal. The river is half a kilometre wide where it meets the Atlantic Ocean. At its mouth is a sandbar, while extending to the north-north-west are 3 km of sandy beaches behind which lie shallow seasonal lagoons. The coastline then turns abruptly northwards to face west. One kilometre north of this bend is the border town of Kartung. There is a large area between the town and the coast that is quarried—the Kartung sand quarries, the country’s main source of sand for building development. The quarrying has created several freshwater lakes. This part of the mine is being decommissioned.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Grey-headed Gull Larus cirrocephalus||winter||1998||1,900 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia||winter||1998||6,000 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity The turtle Chelonia mydas (EN) is occasionally found dead on the beaches but is not known to breed.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Allahein to Kartung coast. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 01/08/2014
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