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Location France, Basse-Normandie
Central coordinates 0o 14.00' West  49o 16.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, C2
Area 1,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 2m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description The site includes open sea, mudflats, sandy beaches, saltmarsh and wet meadows.

Key Biodiversity This site is important for passage waterbirds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia passage  1989  10-100 individuals  B1i, C2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
FRN040 Hunting Reserve 500 protected area contained by site 500  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Tidal rivers and enclosed tidal waters  -
Sea Open Sea  -
Coastline Mud flats & sand flats; Salt marshes; Sand dunes & beaches  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 10%
fisheries/aquaculture 15%
hunting 27%
tourism/recreation 3%
urban/industrial/transport 1%
other -

Protection status National Partial International High500 ha of IBA covered by Hunting Reserve (500 ha). 1,000 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Estuaire de l'Orne, 1,000 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Estuaire de l'Orne. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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