TN031
Sebkhet Ennoual


Country/territory: Tunisia

IBA Criteria met: A3, A4i (2001)
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Area: 3,000 ha

Protection status:

Association "Les Amis des Oiseaux"
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2009 medium very unfavourable low
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Site description
The site is a salt depression situated 70 km south-west of the town of Sfax and forms the southern border of Bouhedma National Park (site TN028). The surrounding area, included in the IBA, is semi-desert grassland in which the dominant plant species include Arthrophytum scoparium and Astragalus armatus. The sebkha itself supports a halophytic vegetation which includes Arthrocnemum and Salicornia species.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Table 2 for key species. Other waterbirds that winter on the salt-flats, especially in years of good rainfall when the water is less saline, include Ardea cinerea, Egretta garzetta, Tadorna tadorna, T. ferruginea, Anas clypeata and Grus grus. The areas around the sebkha also hold Chlamydotis undulata, Charadrius morinellus (in winter), Cursorius cursor, Pterocles orientalis, Lanius excubitor, Scotocerca inquieta and Emberiza striolata.

Non-bird biodiversity: The mammal Gazella dorcas (VU) has been recorded.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sebkhet Ennoual. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/06/2019.