Zevulun valley

Country/territory: Israel

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iv, B1i, B1iv, B2 (1994)
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Area: 5,000 ha

Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
1994 high not assessed not assessed
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Site description
An area of the coastal plain north of Haifa, largely developed or agricultural, with fish-ponds and some other small wetlands including the marsh at Ein Afeq (66 ha) c.8 km south of Akko.

Key biodiversity
See box for key species. Ein Afeq is an important winter roosting site for Phalacrocorax pygmeus and holds some breeding herons and egrets. Mishmar Hayam (12 ha), just south of Akko, is a small site with a grove of trees important for many breeding herons and egrets and the largest colony of Plegadis falcinellus in Israel. Up to 65 Circus aeruginosus and 22 Aquila clanga have been present in winter.

Non-bird biodiversity: Reptiles: Chalcides guentheri. Flora: Salsola soda.

Data-sheet compiled by R. Frumkin.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Zevulun valley. Downloaded from on 31/03/2023.