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Location Syria, Latakia
Central coordinates 35o 51.00' East  35o 48.00' North
IBA criteria A3, B2
Area 12,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 420m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Syrian Society for the Conservation of Wildlife (Affiliate)

Site description A 12-km stretch of mainly rocky coast c.30 km north-north-east of Al-Ladhiqiyah (Lattakia) on the road to Al-Basit, extending north from the sheer limestone cliffs of Jabal Tarnajah (Ras al-Janzir) to the rocky headland of Ras al-Basit. There are 2 km of sand beach with seagrass beds offshore, and the 10-km-deep hinterland comprises well-wooded hills and narrow river valleys and plains. The area itself is also well-wooded, with coastal slopes covered in garigue, and there are a number of small, dammed lakes, including Ballouran Dam (25 ha). About 2,000 people live in and around Umm al-Tuyyur village, which is surrounded by a cultivated plain. Some fishing occurs offshore.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus breeding  1982  frequent [units unknown]  B2  Endangered 
Olive-tree Warbler Hippolais olivetorum breeding  1993  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Rueppell's Warbler Sylvia rueppelli breeding  1993  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   minor
Forest   major
Sea   minor
Shrubland   major
Artificial - aquatic   minor

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture minor
fisheries/aquaculture minor
rangeland/pastureland major
forestry major
water management minor
hunting minor

Other biodiversity No information.

Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by M. I. Evans.

References Baumgart (1991b), Baumgart and Kasparek (1992), Jeudy de Grissac (1989).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Umm al-Tuyyur. Downloaded from on 18/04/2014

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