Kediet ej Jill

Site description (2001 baseline):

Site location and context
Kediet ej Jill is a steeply sloping rocky escarpment, 20 km by 5 km, which lies to the east of the town of Fdérik in north-central Mauritania. The escarpment is oriented east–west and rises to 915 m, the highest point in Mauritania. A number of ephemeral watercourses drain from the escarpment to the surrounding desert, and flow westwards into the adjacent Sebkhet ej Jill, just to the west of Fdérik. The site includes both the sebkhet and the escarpment. The vegetation of the area includes Phoenix dactylifera, Adiantum capillus veneris, Hyoscyamus muticus, Tamarix sp., Acacia raddiana, Rhus tripartitus, Capparis decidua, Leptadenia pyrotechnica, Maerua crassifolia, Salvadora persica, Balanites aegyptiaca and Panicum turgidum.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Table 2 for key species. Three species of the Sahel biome have also been recorded; see Table 2.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
No information, but lying so close to a centre of human population it is likely that pressures are great.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Kediet ej Jill. Downloaded from on 30/11/2023.