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Location Qatar, Jariyan al Batnah
Central coordinates 51o 36.00' East  24o 43.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2
Area 62 ha
Altitude 0 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Friends of the Environment Centre (Affiliate)

Site description A group of small islands c.10 km off the south-east coast of Qatar.

Key Biodiversity See box for key species. Breeding species in 1970–1972 included Phalacrocorax nigrogularis (dead chicks found).

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
Socotra Cormorant Phalacrocorax nigrogularis breeding  1970-1972  25-50 nests  poor  A1, B2  Vulnerable 

IBA Monitoring

2013 medium not assessed not assessed

Invasive & other problematic species, genes & diseases invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - unspecified species happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline   major
Sea   minor

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised major

Acknowledgements Information compiled by M. I. Evans.

References Gallagher et al. (1984).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Al-Ashat islands. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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