Sites - Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)
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9o 57.00' East 37o 2.00' North
15 - 25m
Year of IBA assessment
Association "Les Amis des Oiseaux"
Site description Garaet Mabtouh is a freshwater marsh, situated some 20 km south of Bizerte, in the lower flood-plain of the Medjerda, Tunisia’s largest river (which rises in Algeria). Formerly, the whole of the flood-plain must have been a magnificent wetland, but most has now been reclaimed for agriculture, and Garaet Mabtouh is the only part which still floods. In dry winters the site is not flooded, but in wet seasons it can hold considerable numbers of waterbirds, no doubt originating at nearby Ichkeul.
Key Biodiversity See Box for key species. Other species wintering at the site include Egretta garzetta, Ardea cinerea, Anas penelope, A. crecca, Circus aeruginosus, Fulica atra, Grus grus, Himantopus himantopus, Pluvialis apricaria and Vanellus vanellus.
Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.