GOZ010 - Wied ir-Ramla

Wied ir-Ramla a valley with numerous artificially constructed dams, located in north-eastern Gozo within Xagħra. The site is easily accessible by the public as it is located adjacent to a surfaced road. The dam lakes cover an approximate area of 4,660m2. No irrigation pipelines were present through the dam lakes, however, due to the site being predominantly surrounded by agricultural land it is likely the stored water is being used for irrigational purposes. The site was dominated by Foeniculum vulgare, Oxalis pes-caprae, Dittrichia viscosa, Diplotaxis tenuiflia and Eurphorbia pinea. All the dam lakes throughout Wied ir-Ramla fall within a No Trapping Zone under S.L. 504.71.

Wetland data

Basic information
Wetland location: 2. Inland
Wetland type: Artificial
Wetland area: 0.50 Ha
Hydrological interaction: Yes 
Water salinity: 1.Fresh (< 0.5 g/l)
Type of fresh water input: Catchment area (precipitation)
Surface water runoff Outflow controlled by pipeline
Open water area (%): > 95
Hydroperiod: 1. Permanent
Geographic information
Census district: Gozo and Comino
Island: Gozo
Local council: Ix-Xaghra
Longitude: 14.283900 East
Latitude: 36.054760 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
Wetland values
101 Ground water recharge
103 Flood control
104 Sediment/toxicant retention
108 Water transport
204 Agricultural resources
205 Water supply
Activities on wetland
Activity Intensity
020 = Resource conservation High
130 = Irrigation High
701 = water pollution High
790 = Other pollution/human impacts/activities Medium
920 = Drying out High
952 = eutrophication Low
Activities on catchment area
Activity Intensity
100 = Cultivation High
110 = Use of pesticides High
120 = Fertilisation High
130 = Irrigation High
502 = roads motorways High
701 = water pollution High
Impact Intensity
EB- = Increase in aesthetic qualities High
ED- = Increase in sediment removal/retention High
EE- = Increase of economic potential High
ER- = Increase in flow regulation Medium
ES- = Increase in water supply High
EU- = Increase of tourist/recreation potential Low
PF- = Fertilizer/Excess nutrient pollution
PP- = Pesticide pollution
PU- = Increase of turbidity
Vegetation types
Type Coverage (%)
Emergent 5 - 25
Ammophilous < 5
Other 26 - 50