|Location||Morocco, El Jadida|
|Central coordinates||8o 38.00' West 33o 10.00' North|
|Altitude||0 - 56m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
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.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres||winter||-||800 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|Notes: Capture and sale of birds of prey.|
Other biodiversity The site has a high diversity of reptiles and amphibians—16 species have been recorded, of which four are endemic.
References BCEOM-SECA (1995c).
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