|Central coordinates||10o 46.00' East 35o 45.00' North|
|Altitude||2 - 5m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
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 White Egret Ardea alba||winter||-||80-150 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.
References Gaultier (1986, 1988a, 1989), Hamrouni (1999), Hughes et al. (1997).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Salines de Monastir. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/10/2014
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