Sites - Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)
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Kuwait, Al Jahrah
47o 47.00' East 29o 33.00' North
0 - 116m
Year of IBA assessment
Kuwait Environment Protection Society (Affiliate)
Site description A rocky escarpment rising steeply to 116 m from the coastal mudflats and associated saltmarshes and sand-dunes on Kuwait Bay. A gravel plain extends northwards from the escarpment ridge and gives rise to the extensive wadi system of Ar-Rimam. Most of the park is sandy desert, with much gravel in northern areas. Dunes of the coastal zone are dominated by Zygophyllum, higher areas of sand by Rhanterium and Cyperus, whilst on the gravel plains Stipa grass is dominant. In spring, the playas are covered in Gynandriris irises. Soil fertility is very low and the site has no agricultural value; the site was much used during winter and spring for prolonged recreational camping activities before the recent conflict.
Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.