|Central coordinates||14o 41.00' West 25o 35.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4i|
|Altitude||0 - 50m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
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.
|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||Extent (% of site)|
References Beaubrun (1983), BCEOM-SECA (1995c), Qninba et al. (1997).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Pointe d'Awfist. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/01/2015
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