|Central coordinates||8o 48.00' East 33o 26.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4i|
|Altitude||20 - 40m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description This semi-permanent wetland is situated 15 km west of Douz, 5 km from Douz Laâla (TN040), and consists of a depression holding brackish water. It is bordered to the east by the Ghidma oasis and by sand-dunes to the west and south. The site is fed with water by drainage from the nearby oases, and possibly from freshwater springs. Water depth varies from 1 m in winter to less than 30 cm in summer. Phragmites communis and Tamarix africana are found along the shores, and it has some of the densest vegetation of any of the Djerid oases.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris||breeding||-||60 breeding pairs||-||A1, A4i||Vulnerable|
|Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris||winter||-||150-200 individuals||-||A1, A4i||Vulnerable|
|Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca||winter||-||common||-||A1||Near Threatened|
Local conservation groups The local conservation group below is working to support conservation at this IBA.
|AAO/ Tunisian Ornithology Group (GTO)||2000|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|Notes: Cutting reeds.|
Other biodiversity Both the ungulates Gazella dorcas (VU) and Gazella leptoceros (EN) have been recorded.
References Gaultier (1988c), Hughes et al. (1997).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ghidma. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/09/2014
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