Geziret Garah

Country/territory: Libya

IBA Criteria met: A4i (2001)
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Area: 5 ha

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2006 low favourable negligible
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Site description
Geziret Garah is a small, sandstone island lying 12 km offshore in the Gulf of Sirt (Surt, Sirte), some 20 km west-south-west of the town of Azzuwaytinah (Zuwaytinah). It measures some 150 x 300 m. On the northern, western and eastern sides there are low cliffs resulting from wave erosion. The southern side is more sheltered and slopes gradually to the sea, with some small sandy beaches. The island is sparsely vegetated with low, scattered bushes.

Key biodiversity
See Box for key species. The colony of Sterna bengalensis on the island represents 95% of the breeding population of the species in the Mediterranean. The only other species that breeds on the island is Larus cachinnans.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Geziret Garah. Downloaded from on 05/12/2021.