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Location Tunisia, Nabeul
Central coordinates 10o 30.00' East  36o 42.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i
Area 600 ha
Altitude 0 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Association "Les Amis des Oiseaux"



Site description The site is on the coast at the base of the Cap Bon peninsula, between the town of Soliman and the sea, at the mouth of the Oued el Melah. Habitats includes flood-plain (much reclaimed for agriculture), saltmarsh, springs, former saltpans and an inlet of the sea. The vegetation is mainly halophytic, with Arthrocnemum and Salicornia species dominating. It is the first wetland on the North African coast for birds migrating from the north in autumn.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris winter  50-220 individuals  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
Slender-billed Gull Larus genei winter  500-1,600 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Intertidal mud, sand or salt flats; Saltpans  major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
urban/industrial/transport -

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References Gaultier (1986, 1987b, 1988a), Hughes et al. (1997), Meininger et al. (1994).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Soliman. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/07/2014

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