|Location||Gambia, Central River Division|
|Central coordinates||14o 56.00' West 13o 33.00' North|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description The Jakhaly rice-fields are 200 km from the coast, on the south bank of the Gambia River, close to the agricultural research station of Sapu, to the west of Janjanbureh (Georgetown). They formed the first and are still the largest pump-irrigated rice cultivation project in the country, fed from the river and created by the drainage of the freshwater Jakhaly swamp in the 1970s. Rice is cultivated throughout the year and the rice-fields are, in consequence, the largest area of standing water in the Central River Division in the dry season. The landscape is one of dry or shallowly flooded fields with a grid of feeder ditches, earth embankments and dirt tracks. There are some abandoned fields and natural pools with patches of tall swamp vegetation and floating plants dominated by Nymphaea spp. and Ipomoea aquatica. There is some scrub and occasional trees along the banks. The fields are in a basin of almost level ground which extends to the riverbank, along which mature trees are more frequent.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola||winter||-||2,000 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity There is a declining population of Procolobus badius temminckii (EN) in the riverine woodland.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Jakhaly rice-fields. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/07/2014
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