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Location China (mainland), Jiangsu
Central coordinates 120o 30.00' East  33o 35.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii
Area 453,300 ha
Altitude 0 - 4m
Year of IBA assessment 2009





Site description Yancheng National Nature Reserve is located on the coast of central Jiangsu Province. The core area of the reserve is 13,800 ha. The coastline extends 583 km from north to south, with a typical width of between 5-10 km (the widest part is over 15 km, the narrowest part is below 2 km). The inter-tidal mudflats are growing eastwards because of siltation, at a rate of 50-200 m a year (about 33 km2/yr).

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, A4i  Vulnerable 
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Baer's Pochard Aythya baeri unknown  2008  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Scaly-sided Merganser Mergus squamatus unknown  2008  present  A1  Endangered 
Oriental Stork Ciconia boyciana unknown  2008  present  A1, A4i  Endangered 
Black-faced Spoonbill Platalea minor unknown  2008  present  A1, A4i  Endangered 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Great Bustard Otis tarda unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Red-crowned Crane Grus japonensis unknown  2008  present  A1  Endangered 
Siberian Crane Leucogeranus leucogeranus unknown  2008  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
White-naped Crane Antigone vipio unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Hooded Crane Grus monacha unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Spotted Greenshank Tringa guttifer unknown  2008  present  A1  Endangered 
Saunders's Gull Saundersilarus saundersi unknown  2008  present  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
Relict Gull Larus relictus unknown  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  2008  present  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Dafeng (Elaphurus davidianus) National Nature Reserve Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 78,000 protected area contained by site 78,000  
Yancheng Nature Reserve 453,300 is identical to site 453,000  
Yancheng National Nature Reserve Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 453,000 is identical to site 453,000  

Habitats

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

Other biodiversity Nationally protected animals include Hydropotes inermis and semi-wild Elaphurus davidianus.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Yancheng Nature Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/07/2014

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