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SDF
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

MT0000008

1.3 Site name

L-Ghadira s-Safra

1.4 First Compilation date

2004-04

1.5 Update date

2012-09

1.6 Respondent:

Name/Organisation:Environment and Resources Authority
Address:  Biodiversity Unit             
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: No data
National legal reference of SAC designation: No data

2. SITE LOCATION

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2.1 Site-centre location [decimal degrees]:

Longitude:14.445000
Latitude:35.952200

2.2 Area [ha]

1.5400

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
1420  info      0.49357  0.00 
3170  info      0.288442  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.
P1391Riella helicophylla       
  • 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
Anthemis urvilleana               
Branchipus shaefferi               
Branchipus visnyai               
Cressa cretica               
Crypsis aculeata               
Plantago crypsoides               
Polygonum maritimum               
Tamarix africana    10               
Triops cancriformis               
Tylos latreillei sardous               
  • 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
N2249.00
N0832.00
N0319.00

Total Habitat Cover

100

Other Site Characteristics

None (refer to section 'Quality')

4.2 Quality and importance

L-Ghadira s-Safra, situated between Qalet Marku and Ghallis, is a 'transitional coastal wetland', which supports biotic assemblages that are typical of freshwater habitats at one time of the year (during the wet period). These assemblages are typical of habitats with fluctuating salinity at other times. This site also consists of a gently sloping rocky shore. Vegetation is dominated by Plantago spp. such as Plantago crypsoides and Plantago macrorhiza, Crithmum maritimum and Inula crithmoides. Tamarisks have also been planted along the coastal road.L-Ghadira s-Safra is one of the two localities for the locally endangered Prickle Grass (Crypsis aculeata, which is listed in the National Red Data Book as endangered) and the only known locality for the rare and endangered liverwort (Riella helicophylla), which is protected through national legislation and listed in Appendix I of the Bern Convention. This wetland also supports the rare Tadpole Shrimp (Triops cancriformis, listed in the National Red Data Book), and the Fairy Shrimps Branchipus schaefferi and Branchipus visnyai [although this may be a simple form of the former species], both having a restricted distribution in the Maltese Islands. These rare animals are typical of freshwater conditions rather than the prevailing saline environment. The endangered woodlouse Tylos latreillei sardous (sometimes considered a species in its own right) is also present. In addition, Cressa cretica (listed in the National Red Data Book as a rare species with a restricted distribution in the Maltese Islands being confined to saline marshlands such as L-Ghadira s-Safra) and the Sea Knotgrass (Polygonum maritimum - listed in the National Red Data Book as endangered with a restricted distribution in the Maltese Islands) have been recorded at L-Ghadira s-Safra. Both are still present although Polygonum does not occur consistently.Note on section: Ecological Information - Habitats The Relative Surface given for 3170 is based on expert advice.

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]
MG01.03b
LJ01i
MJ02.01o
MD01.02o
MB01.02o
ME03.01i
MLi
MG01.08b
MG05b
Positive Impacts
RankActivities, management [code]Pollution (optional) [code]inside/outside [i|o|b]
LXi

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:

Yes
No, but in preparation
X
No

 

7. MAP OF THE SITE

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INSPIRE ID:MT0000008
Map delivered as PDF in electronic format (optional)
Yes
No

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