Sites - Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)
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35o 8.55' East 29o 59.90' North
Year of IBA assessment
Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature
Site description An extensive 'wilderness' area of desert sand-dunes, gravel outwash plains and mudflats, c.160 km long by up to 25 km wide (widest between Jabal Fidan and Umm Muthla). There is some open bushland of Acacia tortilis, A. raddiana and Ziziphus; Tamarix and Phragmites occur locally in the lowest areas. Main land-use is nomadic pastoralism, with a minor but increasing amount of irrigated cultivation. Large areas are military zones.
Key Biodiversity See box for key species. Eremalauda dunni breeds in large numbers after good rains. Neophron percnopterus, Gyps fulvus, Onychognathus tristramii and Carpodacus synoicus breed in the hills bordering the wadi, adjoining this site.