The site consists of the track running south–east from Boumalne-du-Dadès to the village of Tagdilt, and the surrounding stony reg, cut by the beds of numerous small, temporary wadis. Vegetation consists of spiny xerophytic plants. Principal activities are livestock-rearing and ecotourism.
See Box and Table 2 for key species. The site is renowned for its diversity of lark species. A total of 41 bird species is known, of which 32 breed, including Chlamydotis undulata. The latter was once regularly observed, but has declined drastically due to over-hunting.
Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The site is unprotected. Threats include overgrazing and hunting by locals and Arab visitors. The potential for revenue generation from ecotourism exists, since the site features on the itinerary of many birdwatching tourists visiting Morocco. Classification as a SIBE and the preparation of a management plan are urgently needed.
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Piste de Tagdilt. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 18/08/2022.