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Location Vietnam, Quang Ninh
Central coordinates 108o 1.00' East  21o 28.00' North
IBA criteria A1
Area 3,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 2m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

BirdLife Indochina Programme (Country programme)

Site description Tra Co island is situated in Hai Ninh district, close to the international border with China. The island comprises a long, sandy beach, which is backed by a Casuarina equistefolia plantation. Tra Co is linked to the mainland by a causeway, and is the site of a number of guesthouses and other tourism related infrastructure. At the time of writing, a single survey of the island has been carried out which confirmed two key areas for bird conservation, Muoi Got Giay and Mui Ngoc, which are located on the northwestern and southern tips of the island respectively (Le Manh Hung et al. 2002). A third area, Bai Tuc Lam, which has yet to be studied, has also been identified as a potentially important site for bird conservation.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Saunders's Gull Saundersilarus saundersi winter  2002  present  A1  Vulnerable 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Artificial wetlands; Estuarine waters; Sand dunes and beaches  -
Artificial - terrestrial   -
Forest   -
Marine Intertidal   -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
unknown -

Further web sources of information 

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

References Anon. (1992) [red data book of Vietnam, volume 1: animals.] hanoi: Science and Technics Publishing House. (In Vietnamese.).Le Manh Hung, Nguyen Duc Tu, Tordoff, A.W. and Vu Hong Phuong. (2002) A rapid bird survey of the coastal zone of Quang Ninh province, Vietnam. Birdlife International Vietnam Programme and the Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources, and Quang Ninh Provincial Department of Science, Technology and the Environment.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Tra Co. Downloaded from on 01/09/2014

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