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Location Tunisia, Medenine
Central coordinates 10o 58.00' East  33o 42.00' North
IBA criteria A4i
Area 1,300 ha
Altitude 0 - 3m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Association "Les Amis des Oiseaux"

Site description The site comprises a coastal lagoon and some islets on the eastern coast of the island of Djerba, in the southern part of the tidal Gulf of Gabès. The vegetation of site is a mixture of sand-loving species such as Ammophila arenaria, Eryngium maritimum and Euphorbia paralias and halophytes including Arthrocnemum, Salicornia and Atriplex species.

Key Biodiversity See Box for key species. See under Kneiss (site TN032) for the ornithological importance of the Gulf of Gabès; many of the species mentioned there occur at Bordj Kastil. It is an important site for wintering waterbirds including Platalea leucorodia, Larus cachinnans, Sterna caspia and numerous waders. Larus cachinnans, Sterna hirundo and S. albifrons breed.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus winter  500-3,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia winter  150-500 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2009 medium near favourable low
Poor - based on little, or potentially unreliable/unrepresentative, data

Climate change and severe weather storms and floods likely in long term (beyond 4 years) majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Pollution domestic & urban waste water - type unknown/unrecorded happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Residential and commercial development tourism and recreation areas likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration medium

Platalea leucorodia Eurasian Spoonbill 120 701 individuals 100 favourable
Grus grus Common Crane 900 668 individuals 75 near favourable

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  No management plan exists but the management planning process has begun  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  low 

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation -

References Azafzaf (1999a), Gaultier (1988a), Meininger (1998), Oueslati (1995).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Bordj Kastil. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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