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Location Kuwait, Al Jahrah
Central coordinates 46o 51.00' East  29o 15.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2
Area 57,500 ha
Altitude 240 m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Kuwait Environment Protection Society (Affiliate)

Site description The area is part of a flat, desert plateau of hard-packed gravelly sand with numerous playas, at 240 m. Its northern side is bordered by Wadi Al-Batin, where the land falls away some 45 m and is characterized by shallow, rocky gullies. The plateau is dominated by Haloxylon and, in spring and early summer, by Stipa grass. In rocky gullies Zilla is common, and many annuals flourish including Diplotaxis species. Traditionally the area has been used for grzing, hunting and recreational camping; the main economic value of the land probably lies in its underground water reserves.

Key Biodiversity See box for key species. Until overgrazing severely damaged the vegetation in the early 1980s, a representative breeding bird community occurred, comprising Cursorius cursor, Bubo ascalaphus, Athene noctua, Eremophila bilopha, Alaemon alaudipes, Ammomanes deserti, Ammomanes cincturus, Melanocorypha bimaculata and Galerida cristata. Proper management could see a return of these species.

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
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca passage  1993  12 individuals  good  A1, B2  Vulnerable 

IBA Monitoring

2013 low not assessed not assessed

Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - abstraction of ground water (unknown use) past (and unlikely to return) and no longer limiting small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Al-Batin desert Park 0 unknown 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Desert Hot  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting minor
Notes: Hunting
tourism/recreation minor
Notes: Recreation
rangeland/pastureland major

Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by Prof. C. W. T. Pilcher.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Al-Batin Park. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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