MAL052 - Ta' Kassja


Ta’ Kassja is an artificially constructed pond, located in western Malta between Rabat and Ħad-Dingli. The pond itself has no visible concrete structures, apart from a concrete platform in the middle. The pond covers an approximate area 1,950m2 and is not accessible to the public as it is located in privately-owned land without any passageways. The site is predominantly surrounded by agricultural land. On site, there was no indication that the pond is being used for irrigation, however, the presence of an aviary on the pond’s border indicates it is potentially being used for hunting activities. The site is not protected by any legislation.

Wetland data

Basic information
Wetland location: Inland
Wetland type: Artificial
Wetland area: 0.20 Ha
Hydrological interaction: Yes 
Water salinity: Fresh (< 0.5 g/l)
Type of fresh water input: Catchment area (precipitation)
Surface water runoff Other
Open water area (%): > 95
Hydroperiod: Permanent
Geographic information
Census district: Western
Island: Malta
Local council: Had-Dingli
Longitude: 14.378950 East
Latitude: 35.866900 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 Food
Provisioning services Fresh water
Cultural services Recreation and tourism
Regulatory services Water regulation
Activities on wetland
Activity Intensity
020 = Resource conservation High
130 = Irrigation High
230 = Hunting High
701 = water pollution High
Activities on catchment area
Activity Intensity
100 = Cultivation High
110 = Use of pesticides High
120 = Fertilisation High
130 = Irrigation High
230 = Hunting High
430 = Agricultural structures Medium
501 = paths tracks cycling tracks Medium
701 = water pollution High
Impact Intensity
EB- = Increase in aesthetic qualities High
EE- = Increase of economic potential High
ES- = Increase in water supply High
PF- = Fertilizer/Excess nutrient pollution High
PP- = Pesticide pollution