Sites - Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)
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Yemen, Al Hudaydah,Al Mahwit
43o 13.41' East 15o 2.22' North
A1, A3, A4i
150 - 300m
Year of IBA assessment
Summary Al-Kadan area (Tihamah plain north of Bajil).
Site description This IBA is extended south to Bajil to include the agricultural land and the new Bajil Sewage Lagoons: four large concrete lined settlement talks in a largely agricultural area. Recently created (in last few years).
Visited frequently since Evans (1994), on two occasions to search for satellite-tagged Northern Bald Ibis on migration as signals were received from the Bajil area. Last visited in 2011.
Key Biodiversity The rubbish dump at Bajil is an important feeding spot for eagles, vultures and storks. The new sewage lagoons are a resting and feeding site for Common and Demoiselle Cranes and is likely to be a site used by Northern Bald Ibis in passage (as was the case with the Taizz sewage lagoons in the 1980s).