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Location France, Aquitaine
Central coordinates 1o 5.00' West  45o 32.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, B1iv, C3, C5, C6
Area 800 ha
Altitude 0 - 35m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description The area includes woodland, marshes, wet meadows, dunes and beaches, agricultural land and an estuary.

Key Biodiversity The site is a migratory bottleneck, where more than 3,000 raptors regularly pass in spring (including Milvus migrans 1,600 individuals; Pernis apivorus 650 individuals).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus passage  1991  100-650 individuals  B1iv  Least Concern 
Milvus migrans passage  1991  1,000-1,600 individuals  B1iv  Not Recognised 
Red Knot Calidris canutus passage  1991  5,000 individuals  B1i, C3  Near Threatened 
Osprey Pandion haliaetus passage  1991  1-10 individuals  C6  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland  60%
Grassland Humid grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Water fringe vegetation  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  -
Coastline Sand dunes & beaches  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
forestry -
hunting -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -
other -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Pointe de Grave. Downloaded from on 26/11/2015

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