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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' Ghawdex: Ta' Cenc

1.4 First Compilation date

2006-08

1.5 Update date

2012-09

1.6 Respondent:

Name/Organisation:
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 designation No data

2. SITE LOCATION

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2.1 Site-centre location [decimal degrees]:

Longitude:14.261900
Latitude:36.019200

2.2 Area [ha]

152.2000

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       
BA226Apus apus       
BA228Apus melba       
BA227Apus pallidus       
BA227Apus pallidus       
BA222Asio flammeus       
BA452Bucanetes githagineus       
BA133Burhinus oedicnemus       
BA243Calandrella brachydactyla       
BA010Calonectris diomedea    800  1000     
BA224Caprimulgus europaeus       
BA139Charadrius morinellus       
BA081Circus aeruginosus       
BA289Cisticola juncidis       
BA289Cisticola juncidis    10  25     
BA113Coturnix coturnix       
BA113Coturnix coturnix       
BA212Cuculus canorus       
BA253Delichon urbica       
BA269Erithacus rubecula       
BA269Erithacus rubecula       
BA103Falco peregrinus       
BA099Falco subbuteo       
BA096Falco tinnunculus       
BA014Hydrobates pelagicus    25     
BA459Larus cachinnans       
BA459Larus cachinnans       
BA230Merops apiaster       
BA383Miliaria calandra       
BA383Miliaria calandra       
BA281Monticola solitarius       
BA281Monticola solitarius    10   
BA281Monticola solitarius       
BA262Motacilla alba       
BA262Motacilla alba       
BA261Motacilla cinerea       
BA260Motacilla flava       
BA277Oenanthe oenanthe       
BA214Otus scops       
BA355Passer hispaniolensis       
BA355Passer hispaniolensis       
BA355Passer hispaniolensis       
BA072Pernis apivorus       
BA274Phoenicurus phoenicurus       
BA274Phoenicurus phoenicurus       
BA140Pluvialis apricaria       
BA464Puffinus yelkouan    150  300     
BA275Saxicola rubetra       
BA276Saxicola torquata       
BA276Saxicola torquata       
BA155Scolopax rusticola       
BA155Scolopax rusticola       
BA210Streptopelia turtur       
BA303Sylvia conspicillata       
BA303Sylvia conspicillata       
BA305Sylvia melanocephala       
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
N0819.00
N0930.00
N059.00
N033.00
N2335.00
N154.00

Total Habitat Cover

100

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-Misrah and Ix-Xaghra (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-Izgandlu 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.Note on 'Other Land': the other land comprises mainly areas with rockpools and temporary ponds.

4.2 Quality and importance

The Ta' Cenc 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' Cenc 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' Cenc. Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) and Barn Owl (Tyto alba) are also known to have bred at Ta' Cenc.

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]
LG01.03b
MD05i
MG05.01i
LH06.01b
ME02o
LB01.02i
LG05o
Positive Impacts
RankActivities, management [code]Pollution (optional) [code]inside/outside [i|o|b]
MA04.03i

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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5.1 Designation types at national and regional level:

Code Cover [%]
MT99100.00

5.2 Relation of the described site with other sites:

Designated at national or regional level:

Type code Site name Type Cover [%]
MT99Rdumijiet ta' Ghawdex: Ta' Cenc=100.00
MT99Ta' Cenc+9.00
MT99Wied ta' Mgarr ix-Xini*5.00
MT99L-Inhawi ta' Ta' Cenc+95.00
MT99Ta' Cenc Cliffs+12.00

Designated at international level:

Type Site name Type Cover [%]
Other Rdumijiet ta' Ghawdex: Ta' Cenc=100.00
Ta' Cenc+9.00
Wied ta' Mgarr ix-Xini*5.00
L-Inhawi ta' Ta' Cenc+95.00
Ta' Cenc Cliffs+12.00

5.3 Site designation (optional)

The site has been designated as a Special Protection Area via Government Notice 859 of 2008, as declared through the provisions of the Flora, Fauna and Natural Habitats Regulations of 2006 (Legal Notice 311 of 2006). Part of the site is designated as a Special Area of Conservation - Candidate Site of International Importance (L-Inhawi ta' Ta' Cenc) designated via the same Government Notice.Part of the scheduled area of Wied ta' Mgarr ix-Xini (published under the Development Planning Act, via Government Notice 937 of 2001) falls within this site. Such valley (wied) is scheduled as an Area of Ecological Importance and Site of Scientific Importance.The Ta' Cenc cliffs area has been declared as a Bird Sanctuary via Legal Notice 79 of 2006 - Conservation of Wild Birds Regulations under the national Environment Protection Act. The Ta' Cenc cliffs have been scheduled under the national Development Planning Act, via Government Notice 853 of 2005 as a Level 1 Site of Scientific Importance in view of Ornithology.Apart from being an Important Bird Area of EU Importance as designated by BirdLife Malta, the cliffs in the area are considered as a Global Important Bird Area as designated by BirdLife International.

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:MT0000027
Map delivered as PDF in electronic format (optional)
Yes
No

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