Northern lower Jordan valley

Country/territory: Israel

IBA criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iv, B1i, B1iv, B2, B3 (1994)
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Area: 7,000 ha

Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2013 high not assessed negligible
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Site description (baseline)
The Jordan valley from Lake Kinneret to Tirat Zvi, west of the Jordan river. The highest point of the site is 209 m below sea-level. Most of the area is cultivated fields, date-palm plantations and fish-ponds. Fish-ponds are mainly located near Kefar Ruppin (c.3 km north-east of Tirat Zvi), Afikim and Bet Zera.

Key biodiversity
Kefar Ruppin is an important breeding site for herons and egrets. Other notable wintering species include Circus aeruginosus (10-13) and during migration this species is also common (daily max. 75).

Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals: Caracal caracal (rare).

Data-sheet compiled by S. Blitzblau, reviewed 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: Northern lower Jordan valley. Downloaded from on 05/06/2023.