MA036
Tarhazoute


Country/territory: Morocco

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i (2001)
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Area: 4,500 ha

Protection status:

Groupe de Recherche pour la Protection des Oiseaux au Maroc
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2001 medium not assessed negligible
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Site description
The site consists of a 21-km stretch of coastline between the small village of Tiguert, 5 km east of Cap Ghir, and the mouth of the Oued Tamraght at Aourir, north of the large resort town of Agadir. Its inland extent varies from 100 m to 6 km. Habitats include coastal cliffs, several sandy beaches and dunes, Retama steppe and cultivated fields, and Argania spinosa and Euphorbia woodland.

Key biodiversity
See Box for key species. The site is classed as an IBA because the steppe and fallow fields, particularly those at Tamraght, are regularly used as a feeding area by Geronticus eremita outside the breeding season. There is also an important roost on the cliffs, which occasionally holds up to 50 birds. Nine species of the Mediterranean North Africa biome also occur (Table 2).

Non-bird biodiversity: The endemic toad Bufo brongersmai and endemic lizard Chalcides mionecton both occur.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Tarhazoute. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/11/2019.