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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  B2  Endangered 
Olive-tree Warbler Hippolais olivetorum breeding  1993  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rueppell's Warbler Sylvia rueppelli breeding  1993  present  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 24/10/2014

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