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Location Morocco, Larache
Central coordinates 6o 3.00' West  35o 10.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i
Area 3,600 ha
Altitude 0 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Groupe de Recherche pour la Protection des Oiseaux au Maroc (Affiliate)



Site description Marais Larache is situated on the outskirts of the Atlantic coastal town of Larache. It extends 15 km inland, as the crow flies, from the mouth of the Oued Loukkos, including the estuary and associated saltpans and various freshwater marshes along its course. The two principal marshes are Bedaoua Sejra, on the right bank of the Oued Loukkos and Ain Chouk-Boucharène on the left bank. The whole site comprises part of the Plaine de Ksar El Kbir and is traversed by the Larache–Tanger (Tangiers) road. The marshes are one of the most important wetlands in the country, with a luxuriant and diverse assemblage of aquatic and semi-aquatic vegetation, including Typha, Juncus, Scirpus and Phragmites spp. and fringing stands of Tamarix and Salix spp.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris winter  100 individuals  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus winter  800 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia winter  160 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Red-knobbed Coot Fulica cristata winter  3,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta winter  1,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
hunting -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -
other -
Notes: Reed-cutting.

Other biodiversity Six endemic lizards—Acanthodactylus lineomaculatus, Chalcides colosii, C. mionecton, C. pseudostriatus, C. polylepis and Blanus tingitanus—occur, as does the endemic Moroccan amphibian Pelobates varaldii.

References BCEOM-SECA (1995c), El Agbani (1997).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Marais Larache. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/10/2014

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