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Location Canada, Québec
Central coordinates 68o 53.36' West  48o 24.93' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii
Area 480 ha
Altitude 0 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Bird Studies Canada/Nature Canada



Site description Île Bicquette is located along the south shore of the St. Lawrence estuary in Quebec, 7.7 km off Cap-à-l’Orignal (a spit of land that extends from Le Bic Provincial Park). The larger Île du Bic island lies one kilometre to the southeast. Île Bicquette is composed of shale, and is surrounded by two little grassy islets and several rocky reefs. A large lighthouse, surrounded by the keeper’s residence, is located on the western part of the main island. Approximately 75% of the island is covered by forests, with the dominant tree species being Balsam Fir. The forests have been described as dense and “over-mature” with little sign of regeneration in the sapling layer.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Eider Somateria mollissima breeding  1995  10,000 breeding pairs  unknown  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds breeding  1995  10,000-19,999 breeding pairs  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Îles de l'estuaire National Wildlife Area 409 protected area contained by site 11  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Temperate coniferous forest; Temperate deciduous woods  75%
Wetlands (inland) Intertidal mud, sand or salt flats  10%
Sea Sea inlets  -
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  5%
Other   10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research major
other major
tourism/recreation minor
urban/industrial/transport major

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Île Bicquette. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/09/2014

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