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Location Morocco, Agadir
Central coordinates 9o 45.00' West  30o 35.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i
Area 4,500 ha
Altitude 0 - 478m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

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

Site description The site consists of a 21-km stretch of coastline between the small village of Tiguert, 5 km east of Cap Ghir, and the mouth of the Oued Tamraght at Aourir, north of the large resort town of Agadir. Its inland extent varies from 100 m to 6 km. Habitats include coastal cliffs, several sandy beaches and dunes, Retama steppe and cultivated fields, and Argania spinosa and Euphorbia woodland.

Key Biodiversity See Box for key species. The site is classed as an IBA because the steppe and fallow fields, particularly those at Tamraght, are regularly used as a feeding area by Geronticus eremita outside the breeding season. There is also an important roost on the cliffs, which occasionally holds up to 50 birds. Nine species of the Mediterranean North Africa biome also occur (Table 2).

Non-bird biodiversity: The endemic toad Bufo brongersmai and endemic lizard Chalcides mionecton both occur.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Northern Bald Ibis Geronticus eremita winter  50 individuals  A1, A4i  Critically Endangered 

IBA Monitoring

2001 medium not assessed negligible

Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Residential and commercial development tourism and recreation areas likely in short term (within 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  No management planning has taken place  Very little or no conservation action taking place  negligible 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Arganeraie UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 2,568,780 protected area contains site 4,500  

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
tourism/recreation -

References BCEOM-SECA (1995c), Bowden and Smith (1997).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Tarhazoute. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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