|Central coordinates||10o 46.00' East 35o 45.00' North|
|Altitude||2 - 5m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Ornithological information See Box for key species. The area is also important for wintering and passage waterbirds, with up to 1,000 Tadorna tadorna in winter, waders (notably Himantopus himantopus and Recurvirostra avosetta which may breed) and breeding Larus cachinnans, S. albifrons and, perhaps, some S. hirundo.
Site description The site is (with Thyna, site TN027) one of the only two remaining salt-production plants left in Tunisia following the closure of the Mégrine saltpans (site TN009). Because of the salt-production work, there is a series of shallow pans of varying salinity, where water-levels vary from day to day and attract many waterbirds. The plant is situated between the cities of Monastir and Sousse (with their extensive tourist facilities along the neighbouring beaches), and within a former coastal sebkha, part of which still functions as a saline depression in wet winters. The halophytic vegetation of the sebkha is dominated by Arthrocnemum and Salicornia species.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus||winter||-||1,000-3,000 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Great Egret Casmerodius albus||winter||-||80-150 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.
Management considerations The site is situated near an airport, the activities of which are a source of a significant amount of disturbance. Other threats to the site are hunting and the presence of numbers of feral dogs. As long as the saltpans remain a functioning entity, the site will be of importance. It would be desirable to guarantee their long-term survival, in view of the loss of the Mégrine saltpans and the expansion of tourism facilities in the immediately surrounding area.
References Gaultier (1986, 1988a, 1989), Hamrouni (1999), Hughes et al. (1997).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Salines de Monastir. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/05/2013
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