Khor Al Beidah

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2017

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Western Reef-egret Egretta gularis LC non-breeding 2010-2015 210-310 individuals B3a
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus LC non-breeding 2010-2015 1,000-2,000 individuals B3a
Lesser Sandplover Charadrius mongolus LC winter 2010-2015 1,700-4,000 individuals A4, B3a
Greater Sandplover Charadrius leschenaultii LC passage 2010-2015 850-2,000 individuals B3a
Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris EN winter 2010-2015 60-88 individuals B3a
Crab-plover Dromas ardeola LC winter 2010-2015 350-450 individuals B2a

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2017 high near favourable negligible
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by Population
Accuracy of information poor

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Biological resource use fishing & harvesting aquatic resources - unintentional effects: large scale happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Residential and commercial development housing and urban areas likely in short term (within 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) very rapid to severe deterioration high
Transportation and service corridors shipping lanes happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low

Condition of habitat (state)
Habitat Habitat Detail Reference Area (ha) Actual Area (ha) % of habitat remaining % of carrying capacity (overall) Result
Forest Subtropical & tropical mangrove 0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable
Marine Coastal/Supratidal 0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable
Marine Intertidal 0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable

Condition of key/trigger populations (state)
Scientific Common TargetPop ActualPop Units Remaining Result
Egretta gularis Western Reef-egret 170 210 individuals 100 favourable
Charadrius alexandrinus Kentish Plover 250 1500 individuals 100 favourable
Charadrius mongolus Lesser Sandplover 800 1700 individuals 100 favourable
Numenius arquata Eurasian Curlew 800 150 individuals 19 not assessed
Limosa lapponica Bar-tailed Godwit 1000 900 individuals 90 near favourable
Calidris tenuirostris Great Knot 50 58 individuals 100 favourable
Dromas ardeola Crab-plover 500 400 individuals 80 near favourable
Species group - waterbirds A4iii 2800 2750 individuals 99 favourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Little/none of site covered (<10%) No management planning has taken place Very little or no conservation action taking place negligible
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IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Marine Intertidal -
Desert Hot -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
Forest Subtropical & tropical mangrove -
Marine Neritic -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
tourism/recreation -
rangeland/pastureland -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Khor Al Beidah. Downloaded from on 28/01/2023.