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Location Morocco, El Jadida
Central coordinates 8o 38.00' West  33o 10.00' North
IBA criteria A4i
Area 400 ha
Altitude 0 - 56m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

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

Site description Located on the Atlantic coast, 24 km south of El Jadida, the southern part of this 400 ha site consists of consolidated sandstone cliffs up to 56 m high, whilst the northern part is comprised of a rocky plateau up to 300 m wide, intercut by creeks and sand- and pebble-beaches. The surface of this plateau contains many shallow hollowed-out basins 1–4 m deep, filled with marshy vegetation. The sparse terrestrial vegetation of the site consists mainly of scattered bushes of Lycium intricatum. However, seaweeds (Laminariaceae) grow in profusion at the foot of the cliffs, including Chorda filum, Alaria sp., Agarum oibrosum, Laminarium digitata and Laminaria agardhii. The abundant invertebrate fauna includes polychaetes such as Marphysa sanguinea, Clymenella sp. and Amphitrite sp., oligochaetes and bivalve molluscs such as Mytilus edulis and Modiolus modiolus. The site is bordered inland by uncultivated fields and a tarmac road, and to the north by the village of Moulay Abdellah.

Key Biodiversity See Box for key species. The site is an important wintering and migratory staging-post, offering as it does abundant food-sources for waders and other waterbirds. At least 38 species have been recorded, including (in 1993) a single Numenius tenuirostris. Arenaria interpres is regularly present in large numbers, while Larus audouinii is often present in small numbers. An important nesting population of Apus pallidus breeds in the cliffs, but has never been censused/studied.

Non-bird biodiversity: The site has a high diversity of reptiles and amphibians—16 species have been recorded, of which four are endemic.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres winter  800 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
urban/industrial/transport -
other -
Notes: Capture and sale of birds of prey.

References BCEOM-SECA (1995c).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Région Jorf Lasfar. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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