Wadi Yarmuk

Country/territory: Jordan

IBA Criteria met: B2 (2000)
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Area: 4,800 ha

Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2013 medium not assessed negligible
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Site description
A steep-sided valley running along the Jordan-Syria border. There are remnants of Pinus woodland on the slopes, and lush reedbeds Phragmites and oleander Nerium thickets along the Yarmuk river, which is the least polluted of Jordan's main rivers. There is a small, spring-fed pool at Birket al Rais. The riverine area is currently a military zone; the main human use of the river is as a water supply to irrigate farmland in the Jordan Valley; local activities include cultivation, fishing, forestry, reed-cutting and mushroom collection.

Key biodiversity
See box for key species. Other likely breeding species include Halcyon smyrnensis, Anthus similis, Cercomela melanura, Acrocephalus stentoreus, Cisticola juncidis and Nectarinia osea.

Non-bird biodiversity: Fish: Tilapia gallilae (endemic).

Data-sheet compiled by Ali Sutari (per Adnan Budieri).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Wadi Yarmuk. Downloaded from on 30/01/2023.