GOZ025 - Tan-Nuffara


Tan-Nuffara is a semi-natural pond, located in northern Gozo, between Marsalforn and Xagħra. The pond covers an area of approximately 2,696 m2 and is accessible through a pathway from a surfaced road. The area retains water due to being located behind a dam. The northern region of the pond consists predominantly of abandoned agricultural land and a couple of active agricultural land in the southern and eastern region of the pond. It is likely that the water collected is being utilised for irrigation purposes due to the emerging pipelines emerging from nearby agricultural land. The site is dominated by opportunistic species including Ferula communis and Dittrichia viscosa, Riparian species including Arundo donax, Phragmites australis, and Rumex conglomeratus and a large population of Lepidium graminifolium. A couple of Eucalptus trees are also present within the basin of the site. The site falls within a No Trapping Zone under legislation S.L. 504.71.

Wetland data

Basic information
Wetland location: Inland
Wetland type: Artificial
Wetland area: 0.30 Ha
Hydrological interaction: Yes 
Water salinity: Fresh (< 0.5 g/l)
Type of fresh water input: Torrent / Stream - Unconfined aquifer
Surface water runoff There is no obvious water outflow
Open water area (%): 26 - 50
Hydroperiod: Seasonal
Geographic information
Census district: Gozo and Comino
Island: Gozo
Local council: Ix-Xewkija
Longitude: 14.275640 East
Latitude: 36.038620 North
Biological significance
Biological significance: Low
Ramsar wetland type
Type Coverage (%)
2 -- Ponds; includes farm ponds, stock ponds, small tanks; (generally below 8 ha)
Property status
Ecosystem services
Type of ecosystem service Ecosystem service Scale of Βenefit (%) Importance
Provisioning services Fresh water
Supporting services Provision of habitat
Cultural services Recreation and tourism
Regulatory services Water regulation
Activities on wetland
Activity Intensity
230 = Hunting High
424 = other discharges Low
700 = Pollution Medium
852 = modifying structures of inland water courses High
900 = Erosion Medium
910 = Silting up Medium
Activities on catchment area
Activity Intensity
100 = Cultivation Medium
110 = Use of pesticides High
120 = Fertilisation High
230 = Hunting High
412 = industrial stockage Medium
423 = disposal of inert materials Medium
502 = roads motorways Low
623 = motorised vehicles High
852 = modifying structures of inland water courses High
900 = Erosion High
Impact Intensity
EE- = Increase of economic potential High
ES- = Increase in water supply Low
PF- = Fertilizer/Excess nutrient pollution Medium
PP- = Pesticide pollution High
Vegetation types
Type Coverage (%)
Emergent < 5
Shrubby / Arborescent < 5
Other 51 - 75
Shrubby / Arborescent
Species Presence status References
Arundo donax
Dittrichia viscosa
Eucalyptus sp.
Ferula communis
Lepidium graminifolium
Phragmites australis
Rumex conglomeratus