Judean foothills

Country/territory: Israel

IBA criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iv, B1i, B1iv, B2 (1994)
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Area: 60,000 ha

Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel

Site description (1994 baseline)
Low hills and cultivated land on the western slopes of the Judean mountains, 100-300 m above sea-level. The largest towns within this area are Kiryat Gat, Rehovot and Bet Shemesh. There are water reservoirs and sewage ponds.

Key biodiversity
The wetlands attract wintering waterfowl. A raptor migration route passes over the area.

Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals: Canis lupus (V) and Gazella gazella (V).

Data-sheet compiled by R. Frumkin.

Raptors MOU - IBA listed under Table 3 of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Judean foothills. Downloaded from on 02/12/2023.