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Shuqaiq mangrove


Site description (1994 baseline):

Site location and context
An area of mangrove on the southern Red Sea shore, c.20 km north-west of the town of Shuqaiq (west of ad-Darb). A shallow bay with large intertidal mudflats, stands of mangrove Avicennia and offshore seagrass beds. There is a local fishery.

Key biodiversity
See box for key species. Other breeding species include Butorides striatus and Pandion haliaetus, and possibly Pelecanus rufescens (also winters: max. 35), Platalea leucorodia, Acrocephalus stentoreus and A. baeticatus.

Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals: Dugong dugon (V).



Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
There are presently local threats from small-scale cutting of mangrove and grazing by camels, but plans to develop shrimp farms in the future are a critical threat to the mangrove. The area is not proposed for protection in the NCWCD System Plan for Protected Areas.

Acknowledgements
Data-sheet compiled by A. Stagg and P. Symens.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Shuqaiq mangrove. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/shuqaiq-mangrove-iba-saudi-arabia on 26/02/2024.