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Location Vietnam, Thai Binh
Central coordinates 106o 38.00' East  20o 33.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i
Area 13,696 ha
Altitude 0 - 2m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

BirdLife Indochina Programme (Country programme)



Site description The Thai Thuy district has 16 km of coastline and is bordered by the Tra Ly river to the south and Thai Binh river to the north. The site is bisected by the Diem Ho river, which flows into the sea between the Tra Ly and Thai Binh rivers. To the south of the Thai Binh river mouth are located extensive areas of mudflats, formed as a result of deposition sediment. To the west lies an area of salt pans and, adjacent to the Tra Ly river, is a region of aquaculture ponds. Thai Thuy District People's Committee nominated the area for nature reserve establishment, and this proposal was supported by Thai Binh Provincial People's Committee and Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black-faced Spoonbill Platalea minor winter  2002  present  A1, A4i  Endangered 
Chinese Egret Egretta eulophotes non-breeding  2002  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Spoon-billed Sandpiper Calidris pygmaea winter  2002  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Saunders's Gull Saundersilarus saundersi winter  2002  present  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mangrove  22%
Wetlands (inland) Estuarine waters; Intertidal mud, sand or salt flats; Sand dunes and beaches - riverine  78%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 90%
unknown 10%

Protection status Thai Thuy District People's Committee nominated the area for nature reserve establishment (1996), and this proposal was supported by Thai Binh Provincial People's Committee and Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Further web sources of information 

Site account from Directory of Important Bird Areas in Vietnam: key sites for conservation (Tordoff 2002)

References BirdLife International and the Forest Inventory and Planning Instutute (2001) Sourcebook of existing and proposed protected areas in Vietnam. Hanoi, Vietnam: BirdLife International Vietnam Programme and the Forest Inventory and Planning Institute.Pedersen, A. and Nguyen Huy Thang (1996) The conservation of key coastal wetland sites in the Red River Delta. Hanoi: BirdLife International Vietnam Programme.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Thai Thuy. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/09/2014

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