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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

C

1.2 Site code

MT0000009

1.3 Site name

L-Inhawi tar-Ramla tat-Torri u tal-Irdum tal-Madonna

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

1.7 Site indication and designation / classification dates

Date site classified as SPA:2004-04
National legal reference of SPA designation No data
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:14.373900
Latitude:35.990600

2.2 Area [ha]

74.9500

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      0.00 
1240  info      0.00 
2110  info      0.00 
2210  info      0.344586  0.00 
2220  info      0.00 
3140  info      0.666699  0.00 
5330  info      4.06761  0.00 
5410  info      20.5853  0.00 
8210  info      11.1391  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.
P4102Anacamptis urvilleana       
BA243Calandrella brachydactyla       
BA010Calonectris diomedea    10     
R1293Elaphe situla       
BA103Falco peregrinus       
BA281Monticola solitarius       
P4106Orobanche densiflora       
BA464Puffinus yelkouan    300  500     
BA303Sylvia conspicillata       
  • 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
Allium amethystinum               
Allium lojaconoi               
Anthemis urvilleana               
Anthyllis hermanniae               
Brithys encausta               
Bupleurum semicompositum               
Carlina involucrata               
Chalcides ocellatus tiligugu               
Coluber viridiflavus carbonarius               
Convolvulus oleifolius               
Crucianella rupestris               
Cutandia maritima               
Cyperus capitatus               
Darniella melitensis               
Daucus lopadusanus               
Daucus rupestris               
Elitrygia juncea               
Erodium laciniatum               
Eryngium maritimum               
Euphorbia exigua var. pycnophylla               
Euphorbia melitensis               
Euphorbia peplis               
Euphorbia terracina               
Filago cossyrensis               
Hemidactylus turcicus turcicus               
Limonium melitense               
Limonium zeraphae               
Muticaria macrostoma               
Orobanche muteli f. melitensis               
Pancratium maritimum               
Pipistrellus sp.               
Plantago bellardi               
Plantago crypsoides               
Podarcis filfolensis maltensis               
Polygonum maritimum               
Prionyx viduatus               
Putoria calabrica               
Schoenus nigricans               
Sedum litoreum               
Sporobolus pungens               
Tamarix africana               
Tarentola mauritanica               
Thymus capitatus               
Trochoidea spratti               
Urginea pancration               
  • 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
N0831.00
N2335.00
N2018.00
N041.00
N0515.00

Total Habitat Cover

100

Other Site Characteristics

The site represents a variety of coastal habitats. The southern part consists of an Upper Coralline Limestone cliff / boulder scree community that gradually changes to rocky coast with maritime garrigue / phrygana along the northern part. A relatively small sand dune community is also found along the northern coast.The cliff faces support a typical rupestral community characterised by such plants as Darniella melitensis and Capparis spinosa, while the exposed rocky shore is colonised by an aerohaline community dominated by Inula crithmoides. Further inland, maritime garrigue is found and this habitat supports a number of threatened species, mostly plants. Some areas of this garrigue have been partially degraded to rocky steppe, while other areas have been afforested, mainly with Acacia saligna and Olea europaea.

4.2 Quality and importance

This site housed the most species diverse sand dune habitat of the Maltese Islands prior to the mid-1970s, when a number of dune communities, including the Ammophila dunes, were replaced by other structures and communities as a result of works in the area. Acacia saligna was planted, parts of the dunes were levelled and an access road was constructed, currently resulting in the separation of the sand dunes from nearby boathouses.Despite such activities, the dune vegetation is now typified by a mobile Elytrigetum community based on Elytrigia juncea and Eryngium maritimum; and a Crucianelletea fixed dune community based on Lotus cytisoides, Scabiosa maritima and Pancratium maritimum. This fixed dune community (Centaureo-Ononidetum ramosissimae subass. lotetosum) is only known from this locality in the Maltese Islands. A small population of the very rare Euphorbia terracina, typical of semi-consolidated to fixed sands, was also recently reported in the fixed dune area. The yellow dune community at the site is currently in a relatively good condition.Parasitic on Lotus cytisoides, which grows on the sand dunes and garrigue, is the Maltese Sand Broomrape Orobanche densiflora f. melitensis, for which this site represents one of the few known localities.The sand dune area is very important for several species of invertebrates, particularly insects, that are restricted to sand dune habitats.Of importance is the fact that the systematic eradication of the invaisve Carpobrotus edulis and the related Aptenia spp. from the sand dune area seems to have been successful.Garrigue dominates a large portion of this Natura 2000 site. Coastal cliffs and boulder screes (Maltese: rdum) also occupy a substantial proportion of the site - these constitute an important seabird breeding site, especially for the largest colony of Puffinus yelkouan (Annex I, Birds Directive) known from the Maltese Islands. In view of this, the Rdum tal-Madonna Area has been declared as an 'Important Bird Area' by BirdLife International and as an 'Important Bird Area of EU importance in Malta' by BirdLife Malta.The boulder scree habitat provides an important habitat for the reptiles Tarentola mauritanica, Hemidactylus turcicus turcicus, Chalcides ocellatus tiligugu, Coluber viridiflavus carbonarius and Elaphe situla (Annex II, Habitats Directive). Several plant species that grow here are: - Endemic to MaltaDarniella melitensis, Anacamptis urvilleana, Euphorbia melitensis, Allium lojaconoi, Limonium melitense and Limonium zeraphae; - Species with a restricted distribution in the Maltese IslandsUrginea pancration, Filago cossyrensis, Euphorbia exigua var. pycnophylla, Daucus rupestris and Daucus lopadusanus.In addition, a number of orchid species are known from the site, including Anacamptis urvilleana (Annex II Habitats Directive), Ophrys bombyliflora and Orchis collina.Note on section: Ecological Information - Habitats The areas covered by 1240 Vegetated sea cliffs of the Mediterranean coasts with endemic Limonium & 8210 Calcareous rocky slopes with chasmophytic vegetation coincide with each other. Hence, the % cover has been included only once, under 8210; while the percentage area of 1240 has been left blank. The areas covered by 1210 Annual vegetation of drift lines, 2110 Embryonic shifting dunes, 2210 Crucianellion maritimae fixed beach dunes & 2220 Dunes with Euphorbia terracina occur in very close proximity and an area with a combination of these codes has been mapped; hence the percentage has only been included next to 2210. The exact delineation of each habitat type is hard to indicate, especially due to the dynamic nature of these habitat types. The Relative Surface given under the section 'Ecological information' for the habitat type 3140 Hard oligo-mesotrophic waters with benthic vegetation of Chara spp. 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]
ME03.03i
HC01.01.02i
HH01i
LA01i
MJ02.05.02i
HG01b
LF03.02.01i
LF04o
LF03.02.03i
MI01i
MF01o
ME03.01i
LF03.02b
MB01.02o
LE01.02i
MB01i
MD01.01i
LA07b
HG02.08i
HG05.01i
MD01.02b
LJ01o
LA10i
MJ02.11i
MF03.01i
MG01.03o
LF02.03i
LH05i
Positive Impacts
RankActivities, management [code]Pollution (optional) [code]inside/outside [i|o|b]
LA04.03o

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:MT0000009
Map delivered as PDF in electronic format (optional)
Yes
No

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