- Tal-Pitkal

Tal-Pitkal is an artificially constructed reservoir, intended for water storage, located in western Malta close to Dingli Cliffs. The reservoir is completely constructed out of cement and covers an approximate area of 1,080m2. The site is accessible through a dirt road. No pipelines were present within or around the reservoir, however, due to it being surrounded by active and inactive agricultural land it is likely to be used for irrigation of these fields. No vegetation was present within the basin or the site itself. This reservoir falls within an Area of Ecological Importance, an Area of High Landscape Value and a Special Area of Conservation – International Importance.

Wetland data

Basic information
Wetland location: Inland
Wetland type: Artificial
Wetland area: 0.10 Ha
Hydrological interaction: -  
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: 14.375360 East
Latitude: 35.857830 North
Biological significance
Biological significance: Low
Ramsar wetland type
Type Coverage (%)
6 -- Water storage areas; reservoirs/barrages/dams/impoundments (generally over 8 ha)
Property status
Private
Protection statuses
Protection status category Protection status subcategory Area's name Code Coverage area (%) Legislation
National Area of Ecological Importance Irdumijiet Ta' Madwar il-Kosta mic-Cirkewwa sa Benghisa 174729 100 Development Planning Act (Act VII of 2016)
National Area of High Landscape Value Diversi Rdumijiet 555546316 100 Development Planning Act (Act VII of 2016)
International Special Areas of Conservation - International Importance Rdumijiet ta' Malta 330728 100 Environment Protection Act (Act I of 2016)
International Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas Il-Kullana to ta' Gifen Cliffs MT008 100
CDDA protection status
CDDA code CDDA category
MT01 Area of Ecological Importance
MT15 Area of High Landscape Value
MT11 Special Areas of Conservation - International Importance
Important bird areas
IBA code Site name Coverage (%) References
MT008 Il-Kullana to ta' Gifen Cliffs 100
Wetland values
204 Agricultural resources
111 Active recreation
205 Water supply
Activities on wetland
Activity Intensity
020 = Resource conservation High
110 = Use of pesticides High
120 = Fertilisation High
130 = Irrigation High
230 = Hunting Low
701 = water pollution High
Activities on catchment area
Activity Intensity
100 = Cultivation Low
110 = Use of pesticides High
120 = Fertilisation High
130 = Irrigation High
230 = Hunting Medium
390 = Mining and extraction activities not referred Medium
423 = disposal of inert materials Low
430 = Agricultural structures Low
502 = roads motorways Low
701 = water pollution High
Impacts
Impact Intensity
AS- = Loss of scenic value High
EE- = Increase of economic potential High
ES- = Increase in water supply High
PF- = Fertilizer/Excess nutrient pollution High
PP- = Pesticide pollution Low
Vegetation types
Type Coverage (%)
Other < 5

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