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Location China (mainland), Liaoning
Central coordinates 121o 35.00' East  39o 40.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i
Area 30,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description Located in Wafangdian City, central-western Liaoning. The IBA extends from Fuzhou Bay to the marshlands at the Fuzhou He estuary, and contains extensive tidal flats and reedbeds. The lower reaches of the Fuzhou He river do not freeze in winter and this is one of the main wintering grounds for waterbirds in northern China. The natural wetlands in the IBA were much more extensive prior to the 1960s but since then massive reclamation for rice paddies and shrimp ponds has reduced their area.

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: No information.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Swan Goose Anser cygnoid unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Oriental Stork Ciconia boyciana winter  2008  present  A1  Endangered 
Common Crane Grus grus winter  1992  2,000 individuals  unknown  A4i  Least Concern 
Hooded Crane Grus monacha passage  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland)   -
Artificial - terrestrial   -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Wafangdian Fuzhou Wan. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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