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Location China (mainland), Hebei
Central coordinates 119o 30.00' East  39o 49.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii, A4iv
Area 7,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description Located 20 km south-west of Qinhuangdao, on the coast of north-west Bohai Bay. The wetlands in the IBA are a mosaic of small inter-tidal mudflats, sandy beaches and rocky shores. The habitat types include reedbeds, grassland, agricultural land and plantations. Being a tourist spot, the prohibition of hunting has benefited wild birds. Beidaihe is a suitable place to study migratory birds. Every year large numbers of birds pass through the IBA on migration.

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: No information.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Baikal Teal Sibirionetta formosa unknown  2008  present  A1  Least Concern 
Black Stork Ciconia nigra unknown  1985  168 individuals  unknown  A4i  Least Concern 
Chinese Egret Egretta eulophotes unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Great Bustard Otis tarda passage  1986  452 individuals  unknown  A1  Vulnerable 
Red-crowned Crane Grus japonensis passage  1989  630 individuals  unknown  A1, A4i  Endangered 
Siberian Crane Leucogeranus leucogeranus passage  1985  652 individuals  unknown  A1, A4i  Critically Endangered 
White-naped Crane Antigone vipio passage  1985  152 individuals  unknown  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
Hooded Crane Grus monacha passage  1986  527 individuals  unknown  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
Little Curlew Numenius minutus unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Spotted Greenshank Tringa guttifer passage  2008  present  A1  Endangered 
Saunders's Gull Saundersilarus saundersi non-breeding  2008  present  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
Relict Gull Larus relictus unknown  1986  112 individuals  unknown  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  2008  present  A4iii   
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes passage  2004  min 20,000 individuals  A4iv   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Beidaihehaibinniaolei Nature Reserve 8,400 protected area contains site 7,000  


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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Beidaihe. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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