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Location China (mainland), Anhui
Central coordinates 116o 54.00' East  30o 32.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii
Area 133,000 ha
Altitude 9 - 22m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description Located on the northern bank of the middle to lower reaches of the Yangtze River, where Anhui borders Hebei and Jiangxi provinces. There are about 133,000 ha of wetlands at Anqing, of which some are in a protected area. The major lakes include Caizi Hu and Wuchang Hu. Surveys in 2004 indicated that over 250,000 waterbirds occur in the reserve.

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, A4i  Vulnerable 
Bean Goose Anser fabalis unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Oriental Stork Ciconia boyciana winter  2008  present  A1  Endangered 
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Hooded Crane Grus monacha winter  2008  present  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta unknown  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Dunlin Calidris alpina winter  2008  present  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  2008  present  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Anqingyanjiangshuiqin Nature Reserve 120,000 is identical to site 120,000  


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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Anqing wetlands (Caizi Hu, Wuchang Hu and other lakes). Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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