Database release:
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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

A

1.2 Site code

MT0000027

1.3 Site name

Rdumijiet ta' Għawdex: Ta' Ċenċ

1.4 First Compilation date

2006-08

1.5 Update date

2018-05

1.6 Respondent:

Name/Organisation:Environment and Resources Authority
Address:               
Email:natura2000@mepa.org.mt

1.7 Site indication and designation / classification dates

Date site classified as SPA:2006-08
National legal reference of SPA designationGovernment Notice No. 859 of 2008, 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:14.261600
Latitude:36.019100

2.2 Area [ha]

152.0600

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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3.2 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.
BA247Alauda arvensis       
BA247Alauda arvensis       
BA257Anthus pratensis       
BA257Anthus pratensis       
BA256Anthus trivialis       
BA226Apus apus       
BA228Apus melba       
BA227Apus pallidus       
BA222Asio flammeus       
BA452Bucanetes githagineus       
BA133Burhinus oedicnemus       
BA243Calandrella brachydactyla       
BA010Calonectris diomedea    800  1000     
BA224Caprimulgus europaeus       
BA139Charadrius morinellus       
BA081Circus aeruginosus       
BA289Cisticola juncidis       
BA113Coturnix coturnix       
BA113Coturnix coturnix       
BA212Cuculus canorus       
BA253Delichon urbica       
BA269Erithacus rubecula       
BA269Erithacus rubecula       
BA103Falco peregrinus       
BA099Falco subbuteo       
BA096Falco tinnunculus       
BA014Hydrobates pelagicus    25     
BA459Larus cachinnans       
BA230Merops apiaster       
BA383Miliaria calandra       
BA281Monticola solitarius       
BA262Motacilla alba       
BA262Motacilla alba       
BA261Motacilla cinerea       
BA260Motacilla flava       
BA277Oenanthe oenanthe       
BA214Otus scops       
BA355Passer hispaniolensis       
BA072Pernis apivorus       
BA274Phoenicurus phoenicurus       
BA274Phoenicurus phoenicurus       
BA140Pluvialis apricaria       
BA464Puffinus yelkouan    150  300     
BA275Saxicola rubetra       
BA276Saxicola torquata       
BA276Saxicola torquata       
BA155Scolopax rusticola       
BA210Streptopelia turtur       
BA303Sylvia conspicillata       
BA305Sylvia melanocephala       
BA232Upupa epops       
BA142Vanellus vanellus       
  • 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

Total Habitat Cover

0

Other Site Characteristics

The northern half of the site is dominated by generally flat karst-like Globigerina terrain that extends from the western end in a southeastward direction towards Il-Misraħ and Ix-Xagħra (occupying a central portion of the plateau) and Il-Qortin il-Kbir (occupying an expanse of land overlooking the cliffs on the western and southwestern sectors). Formerly cultivated, terraced fields occupy a significant portion of land to the east (at Is-Sisien, Tal-Kalkara and Tas-Smina) and southeast (at Ta' Riglis, L-Iżgandlu and Ta' L-Iskandlu). A number of trees (Ficus carica and Ceratonia silqua) and large shrubs also occur on the peripheries in some of the former fields. Vertical Lower Coralline Limestone sea-cliffs border the southern half of the site; these cliffs being particularly important for sea-birds. The vertical sides support rupestral communities, with maritime phrygana / steppe communities growing on the cliff-top areas. The steep-sided valley at Wied Sabbar drains a fair extent of the land cover towards the eastern side. The Ras in-Newwiela promontary forms a flat Globigerina Limestone cliff-top platform.

4.2 Quality and importance

The Ta' Ċenċ cliffs area qualifies as an Important Bird Area of EU Importance due to its large population of 800-1000 pairs of Cory's Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea). In effect, the Ta' Ċenċ cliffs support the largest breeding colony of Cory's Shearwater in the islands. The cliffs are also an important breeding site for Yelkouan Shearwater (Puffinus yelkouan), and the only mainland breeding site as yet known for European Storm-Petrel (Hydrobates pelagicus melitensis). The site is also a stronghold of a number of other protected bird species, including Short-toed Lark (Calandrella brachydactyla), Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis), Blue Rock-thrush (Monticola solitarius), Spectacled Warbler (Sylvia conspicillata) and a few pairs of Corn Bunting (Miliaria calandra). All of these species are still breeding at Ta' Ċenċ. Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) and Barn Owl (Tyto alba) are also known to have bred at Ta' Ċenċ.

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]
Mi
Lb
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: Rdumijiet u L-Inħawi ta’ Ta’ Ċenċ
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.MT0000027
Map delivered as PDF in electronic format (optional)
Yes
No

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