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NATURA 2000 - STANDARD DATA FORM

For Special Protection Areas (SPA),
Proposed Sites for Community Importance (pSCI),
Sites of Community Importance (SCI) and
for Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. SITE IDENTIFICATION

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1.1 Type

B

1.2 Site code

MT0000005

1.3 Site name

L-Inħawi tar-Ramla

1.4 First Compilation date

2004-04

1.5 Update date

2018-05

1.6 Respondent:

Name/Organisation:Environment and Resources Authority
Address:               
Email:natura.2000@era.org.mt
Date site proposed as SCI:2004-04
Date site confirmed as SCI:2008-03
Date site designated as SAC:2016-12
National legal reference of SAC designation:Government Notice No. 1379 of 2016, in accordance with the Flora, Fauna and Natural Habitats Protection Regulations, 2016 (S.L. 549.44)

2. SITE LOCATION

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2.1 Site-centre location [decimal degrees]:

Longitude:14.285000
Latitude:36.062500

2.2 Area [ha]

7.4200

2.3 Marine area [%]

0.0000

2.4 Sitelength [km]:

0.00

2.5 Administrative region code and name

NUTS level 2 code Region Name
MT00Malta

2.6 Biogeographical Region(s)

Mediterranean (100.00 %)

3. ECOLOGICAL INFORMATION

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3.1 Habitat types present on the site and assessment for them

Annex I Habitat types Site assessment
Code PF NP Cover [ha] Cave [number] Data quality A|B|C|D A|B|C
      RepresentativityRelative SurfaceConservationGlobal
1210  info      0.02  0.00 
1240  info      0.84  0.00 
2110  info      0.51  0.00 
2210  info      0.43  0.00 
2220  info      0.5  0.00 
8210  info      0.84  0.00 
92D0  info      1.2  0.00 
  • PF: for the habitat types that can have a non-priority as well as a priority form (6210, 7130, 9430) enter "X" in the column PF to indicate the priority form.
  • NP: in case that a habitat type no longer exists in the site enter: x (optional)
  • Cover: decimal values can be entered
  • Caves: for habitat types 8310, 8330 (caves) enter the number of caves if estimated surface is not available.
  • Data quality: G = 'Good' (e.g. based on surveys); M = 'Moderate' (e.g. based on partial data with some extrapolation); P = 'Poor' (e.g. rough estimation)

3.2 Species referred to in Article 4 of Directive 2009/147/EC and listed in Annex II of Directive 92/43/EEC and site evaluation for them

Species Population in the site Site assessment
G Code Scientific Name S NP T Size Unit Cat. D.qual. A|B|C|D A|B|C
      MinMax  Pop.Con.Iso.Glo.
I4047Brachytrupes megacephalus    16  16   
I4025Pseudoseriscius cameroni       
  • Group: A = Amphibians, B = Birds, F = Fish, I = Invertebrates, M = Mammals, P = Plants, R = Reptiles
  • S: in case that the data on species are sensitive and therefore have to be blocked for any public access enter: yes
  • NP: in case that a species is no longer present in the site enter: x (optional)
  • Type: p = permanent, r = reproducing, c = concentration, w = wintering (for plant and non-migratory species use permanent)
  • Unit: i = individuals, p = pairs or other units according to the Standard list of population units and codes in accordance with Article 12 and 17 reporting (see reference portal)
  • Abundance categories (Cat.): C = common, R = rare, V = very rare, P = present - to fill if data are deficient (DD) or in addition to population size information
  • Data quality: G = 'Good' (e.g. based on surveys); M = 'Moderate' (e.g. based on partial data with some extrapolation); P = 'Poor' (e.g. rough estimation); VP = 'Very poor' (use this category only, if not even a rough estimation of the population size can be made, in this case the fields for population size can remain empty, but the field "Abundance categories" has to be filled in)

3.3 Other important species of flora and fauna (optional)

Species

Population in the site

Motivation

Group CODE Scientific Name S NP Size Unit Cat. Species Annex Other categories
     MinMax C|R|V|PIVVABCD
  • Group: A = Amphibians, B = Birds, F = Fish, Fu = Fungi, I = Invertebrates, L = Lichens, M = Mammals, P = Plants, R = Reptiles
  • CODE: for Birds, Annex IV and V species the code as provided in the reference portal should be used in addition to the scientific name
  • S: in case that the data on species are sensitive and therefore have to be blocked for any public access enter: yes
  • NP: in case that a species is no longer present in the site enter: x (optional)
  • Unit: i = individuals, p = pairs or other units according to the standard list of population units and codes in accordance with Article 12 and 17 reporting, (see reference portal)
  • Cat.: Abundance categories: C = common, R = rare, V = very rare, P = present
  • Motivation categories: IV, V: Annex Species (Habitats Directive), A: National Red List data; B: Endemics; C: International Conventions; D: other reasons

4. SITE DESCRIPTION

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4.1 General site character

Habitat class % Cover
N236.59
N0436.79
N1816.18
N0522.64
N2717.80

Total Habitat Cover

100

Other Site Characteristics

Ramla Bay lies between two headlands at the mouth of a valley system constituting the Wied ir-Ramla system. The area is characterised by hills which slope gently towards the bay, typified by Blue Clay formations surrounding the bay. The beach consists mostly of sand of Holocene age, backed by wind-blown dunes and raised beach deposits which extend inland for about 200m.

4.2 Quality and importance

The sand dune at Ir-Ramla is probably the only remaining intact sand dune on the Maltese Islands. It includes the whole vegetation succession from embryo dunes with Cakile maritima and Salsola kali, to Elytrigetum dunes, eventually forming fixed Crucianelletea dunes. It hosts a variety of important sand dune species including Echinophora spinosa, Euphorbia terracina and Pancratium maritimum. These are very important for sand-associating invertebrates, many of which have a very restricted distribution in the Maltese Islands or are only known from Ir-Ramla. Posidonia leaves are washed up onto the beach, forming banquettes, which support interesting faunal communities. The banquettes therefore serve as a source of organic content for the beach, which in turn supports a large number of invertebrate species that occur in the dune and dry zones of the beach, and which include detritus feeders (eg. the tenebrionid Phaleria spp.) as well as predators (eg. Carabid beetles). The beach and dune form part of a dynamic geomorphological process that gives rise to a complex coastal formation which is both rare and vulnerable locally. A running temporary stream bisects the beach during the rainy season. A large freshwater pool forms behind the Tamarix africana stands often extending to the shoreline in the rainy season. This supports a wetland community dominated by Phragmites and Bolboschoenus. The wetland bisects the beach and is an important source of sediment and nutrition for the beach. One of the main communities at Ir-Ramla is the Centaureo-Ononidetum ramosissimae fixed dune community, dominated by the bush rest-harrow Ononis natrix subsp. ramosissima and Euphorbia terracina. The cliffs on either side of the bay are dominated by maritime communities such as the Crithmo-Limonietea community with the endemic Limonium melitense. The Crucianellion rupestris alliance, which consists of Crucianella rupestris, Limonium melitense, Hypericum aegypticum, Cichorium spinosum, Desmazeria pignatti, Daucus spp. and Crithmum maritimum, intermixes and grades into a community based upon the endemic Salsola melitensis (= Darniella melitensis), which is frequent in the cliffs of the area. A good population of the sand cricket Brachytrupes megacephalus exists in the area. This site is also the only known extant locality for the endemic Pseudoseriscius cameroni, a critically endangered species confined to this site, following its probable extinction from L-Għadira (Malta).

4.3 Threats, pressures and activities with impacts on the site

The most important impacts and activities with high effect on the site

Negative Impacts
RankThreats and pressures [code]Pollution (optional) [code]inside/outside [i|o|b]
Hi
Mi
Li
Mb
Hb
Hb
Mb
Hb
Li
Hi
Positive Impacts
RankActivities, management [code]Pollution (optional) [code]inside/outside [i|o|b]

Rank: H = high, M = medium, L = low
Pollution: N = Nitrogen input, P = Phosphor/Phosphate input, A = Acid input/acidification,
T = toxic inorganic chemicals, O = toxic organic chemicals, X = Mixed pollutions
i = inside, o = outside, b = both

5. SITE PROTECTION STATUS

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6. SITE MANAGEMENT

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6.1 Body(ies) responsible for the site management:

Organisation:Environment and Resources Authority
Address:
Email:natura.2000@era.org.mt

6.2 Management Plan(s):

An actual management plan does exist:

X
Yes Name: L-Inħawi tar-Ramla
Link: https://era.org.mt/en/Pages/Natura-2000-Management-Planning.aspx

No, but in preparation
No

 

7. MAP OF THE SITE

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INSPIRE ID:MT.ERA.MT0000005
Map delivered as PDF in electronic format (optional)
Yes
No

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