Database release:
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

C

1.2 Site code

MT0000009

1.3 Site name

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

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

1.7 Site indication and designation / classification dates

Date site classified as SPA:2004-04
National legal reference of SPA designationGovernment Notice No. 112 of 2007, in accordance with the Flora, Fauna and Natural Habitats Protection Regulations, 2016 (S.L. 549.44)
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:14.369300
Latitude:35.992000

2.2 Area [ha]

74.9100

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      0.06  0.00 
1240  info      21.12  0.00 
2110  info      0.49  0.00 
2210  info      0.17  0.00 
2220  info      0.07  0.00 
5330  info      4.07  0.00 
5410  info      8.9  0.00 
8210  info      5.57  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    10  10   
BA243Calandrella brachydactyla       
BA010Calonectris diomedea    10     
R1293Elaphe situla       
P4106Orobanche densiflora       
I4025Pseudoseriscius cameroni       
BA464Puffinus yelkouan    300  500     
  • 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
N2323.71
N0535.63
N041.62
N0823.76
N271.50
N2611.52
N242.26

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 Salsola melitensis (=Darniella melitensis) and Capparis spinosa, while the exposed rocky shore is colonised by an aerohaline community dominated by Limbarda crithmoides (= 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 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 invasive 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 Malta including Salsola melitensis (= Darniella melitensis), Anacamptis urvilleana, Euphorbia melitensis, Allium lojaconoi, Limonium melitense and Limonium zeraphae. Other plant species that grow here have a restricted distribution in the Maltese Islands. These include Drimia maritima (= Urginea 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.

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]
Li
Mo
Li
Hb
Mi
Hi
Li
Lb
Li
Lo
Mi
Hi
Hi
Lb
Li
Hi
Mo
Mi
Li
Mi
Mb
Mi
Mi
Mi
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 tat-Torri u tal-Irdum tal-Madonna
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.MT0000009
Map delivered as PDF in electronic format (optional)
Yes
No

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