|Central coordinates||9o 45.00' West 30o 35.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4i|
|Altitude||0 - 478m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
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.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Northern Bald Ibis Geronticus eremita||winter||-||50 individuals||-||A1, A4i||Critically Endangered|
|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 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||Extent (% of site)|
References BCEOM-SECA (1995c), Bowden and Smith (1997).
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