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Location Morocco, Laayoune
Central coordinates 11o 46.00' West  28o 13.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i
Area 300 ha
Altitude 0 - 140m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

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

Site description The site comprises the estuary and lower 4 km of a Saharan wadi, the Oued Amma Fatma, which cuts through the surrounding hamada plateau to form a steep-sided valley approximately 600–800 m wide. The wadi is partially blocked near its outlet by a road bridge and dyke which have resulted in the formation of a small freshwater basin and marsh. The banks of the estuary and the sheltered cove between the coastal cliffs are sandy. Vegetation consists of arid scrubland and some aquatic marsh.

Key Biodiversity See Box for key species. The sandbanks of the estuary and beach provide a roosting site for Larus audouinii and other gull and wader species.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Audouin's Gull Larus audouinii winter  420 individuals  A1, A4i  Least Concern 

Land use

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

References BCEOM-SECA (1995c), Qninba et al. (1997).

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

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