|Location||China (mainland), Jiangsu|
|Central coordinates||119o 15.00' East 32o 50.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4i|
|Altitude||5 - 7m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2009|
Site description Gaoyou Hu is located 40 km north of Yangzhou City and west of Gaoyou City. The Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal lies to the east of the lake. Gaoyu Hu lake receives water from several rivers and flows into Shaobo Hu. The shallow area of the lake is dominated by reeds, and there are extensive agricultural lands in the adjacent areas.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Swan Goose Anser cygnoides||unknown||1990||1,100 individuals||unknown||A1, A4i||Vulnerable|
|Baikal Teal Anas formosa||unknown||1990||3,500 individuals||unknown||A1, A4i||Least Concern|
|Baer's Pochard Aythya baeri||unknown||1990||450 individuals||unknown||A1, A4i||Critically Endangered|
|Scaly-sided Merganser Mergus squamatus||unknown||1990||17 individuals||unknown||A1||Endangered|
|Oriental Stork Ciconia boyciana||unknown||2008||present [units unknown]||-||A1, A4i||Endangered|
|Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus||unknown||1991||35 individuals||unknown||A1||Vulnerable|
|Great Bustard Otis tarda||unknown||2008||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Red-crowned Crane Grus japonensis||unknown||2008||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Endangered|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial landscapes (terrestrial)||-|
Other biodiversity No information.
Conservation response This IBA includes the county-level Gaoyou Wetland Nature Reserve (4,667 ha, Gaoyou City) and the city-level Gaoyou Hu Northern Wetlands Nature Reserve (3,000 ha, Jinhu County), both of which were established in 2005.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Gaoyou Hu. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/05/2013
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