|Location||Yemen, Al Hudaydah|
|Central coordinates||42o 52.10' East 15o 3.10' North|
|IBA criteria||B1i, B3|
|Altitude||0 - 10m|
|Year of IBA assessment||1994|
Summary Updates. Probably no longer qualifies as an IBA. Last surveyed in 2011.
Site description A formerly undisturbed 15-km-stretch of coast, with a wide variety of natural habitats in a small area.
Key Biodiversity See table for key species. The mangrove and doum palms support an interesting breeding avifauna, including Butorides striatus, Milvus migrans, Pandion haliaetus (1 pair), Cypsiurus parvus, Acrocephalus stentoreus (probably), A. baeticatus (probably), Ploceus rueppelli and Lonchura cantans. A very wide variety of coastal waterbirds occur on passage and in winter (a few in good numbers though there have never been any comprehensive counts) including Pelecanus rufescens (90, April) and Sterna bengalensis (300, October).
Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals: dolphins (probably including Tursiops) are frequent offshore; Genetta felina (rare). Reptiles: Chelonia mydas (E) is common offshore, and Dermochelys coriacea (E) has been recorded; other sea-turtle species probably also occur.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Crab-plover Dromas ardeola||non-breeding||1986||166 individuals||poor||B3||Least Concern|
|Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus||passage||1986||240 individuals||poor||B1i||Least Concern|
|Saunders's Tern Sternula saundersi||breeding||1986||10-20 breeding pairs||poor||B3||Least Concern|
|2013||very high||not assessed||negligible|
|Human intrusions and disturbance||recreational activities||happening now||whole area/population (>90%)||very rapid to severe deterioration||very high|
|Little/none of site covered (<10%)||No management planning has taken place||Not assessed||negligible|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by M. I. Evans.
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