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Location Morocco, Boujdour
Central coordinates 14o 41.00' West  25o 35.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i
Area 750 ha
Altitude 0 - 50m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

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



Site description The site comprises a 6-km stretch of sandy coastline with low dunes, located approximately 50 km south of Boujdour in the Moroccan Sahara. The sand and dunes have accreted at the foot of 100-m-high rocky cliffs—which for many kilometres in either direction constitute the normal coastline—to form a barely perceptible point. These cliffs mark the inland boundary of the site, which is around 1 km wide at most. The site is accessible by two tracks descending the cliffs, and is frequented by rod-and-line subsistence fishermen who have constructed several camps. The dunes support sparse, salt-tolerant tussock vegetation.

Key Biodiversity The site’s ornithological interest lies in the fact that it is the only sandy stretch of coastline for many kilometres north or south, and is therefore used as a roosting site by waders and seabirds, particularly migrant gulls. In winter it is an important roost for Larus audouinii. Two January visits recorded 1,680 individuals (in 1993) and 5,500 (in 1997).

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  5,500 individuals  A1, A4i  Near Threatened 

Land use

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

References Beaubrun (1983), BCEOM-SECA (1995c), Qninba et al. (1997).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Pointe d'Awfist. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/11/2014

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