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Location France, Aquitaine
Central coordinates 1o 8.00' West  45o 2.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, C2, C6
Area 3,900 ha
Altitude 0 - 63m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description Wooded sand-dunes (with Pinus and Quercus), marshes, ponds, wet meadows and abandoned fields.

Key Biodiversity This site is important for breeding raptors as a stop-over area for migratory waterbirds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Milvus migrans breeding  1991  20-25 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Circaetus gallicus breeding  1991  3 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Common Crane Grus grus passage  1991  800-1,000 individuals  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  1991  50 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Wood Lark Lullula arborea breeding  1991  25-50 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris breeding  1991  10-25 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Osprey Pandion haliaetus passage  1991  5-10 individuals  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Etang du Cousseau National Nature Reserve 600 protected area contained by site 600  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  -
Shrubland Heathland  -
Grassland Dry siliceous grassland; Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Artificial - terrestrial Ruderal land  -
Coastline Sand dunes & beaches  -

Land use

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

Protection status National Partial International Partial600 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Etang de Cousseau, 600 ha). 600 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Etang de Cousseau, 600 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Côte Médocaine: dunes boisées et dépressions humides. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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