Ramtha lagoons

Country/territory: United Arab Emirates

IBA criteria met: B1i, B3 (1994)
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Area: 250 ha

IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2006 low unfavourable medium
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Site description (baseline)
A series of man-made lagoons resulting from regular dumping of liquid sewage waste onto a sand-dune/sabkhah area since the early 1980s; some lagoons are deep enough for diving waterbirds, and contain fish. Existing salt-tolerant scrub is being colonized by Prosopis and Tamarix trees, and there are large Phragmites reedbeds. There is potential for wildlife education/research.

Key biodiversity
See box for key species. Vanellus indicus is resident (c.10 pairs) and Charadrius dubius breeds. Winter visitors include Nycticorax nycticorax (40), Egretta gularis (150), Phoenicopterus ruber (400) and Vanellus leucurus (rare). Passage migrants include Egretta gularis (c.150, August-November). At least 118 species recorded.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Data-sheet compiled by Colin Richardson.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Ramtha lagoons. Downloaded from on 04/06/2023.