email a friend
printable version
Location France, Basse-Normandie
Central coordinates 1o 31.00' West  48o 39.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3, C2, C3, C4
Area 63,800 ha
Altitude 0 - 70m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux



Site description A very large bay with islands, mudflats (22,000 ha), raised saltmarsh (>1,000 ha), grassland and arable land, rocky coast and cliffs. Human activities include cattle-raising.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site, holding 20,000 or more wintering and passage waterbirds on a regular basis. It is also an important area for passage passerines.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Brent Goose Branta bernicla winter  1991  2,000-3,000 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Eurasian Wigeon Mareca penelope winter  1991  50-25,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Common Teal Anas crecca winter  1991  200-1,500 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Melanitta nigra winter  1991  10,000-15,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Not Recognised 
Melanitta nigra passage  1991  10,000-20,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Not Recognised 
European Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis breeding  1991  200 breeding pairs  B3  Least Concern 
Haematopus ostralegus winter  1996  10,000-20,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Not Recognised 
Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola winter  1991  1,500-3,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola passage  1991  1,000-10,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula passage  1991  4,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa passage  1991  1,000-10,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Near Threatened 
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica winter  1991  300-1,500 individuals  A4i, B1i, B2, C2  Least Concern 
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata winter  1991  2,000-5,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, B2, C3  Near Threatened 
Red Knot Calidris canutus winter  1991  3,000-7,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, B2, C3  Least Concern 
Dunlin Calidris alpina winter  1991  22,000-35,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, B2, C3  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1991  50,000-99,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii, C4   
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  1991  20,000-49,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii, C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Baie du Mont Saint Michel Hunting Reserve 7,850 protected area contained by site 7,850  
Baie du Mont Saint Michel - FR2510048 Birds Directive 47,672 protected area contained by site 47,672  
Baie du Mont Saint-Michel Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 62,000 protected area contained by site 62,000  
BAIE DU MONT SAINT-MICHEL - FR2500077 Habitats Directive 38,747 protected area contained by site 38,747  
Chausey - FR2500079 Habitats Directive 82,943 protected area overlaps with site 9,749  
Chausey - FR2510037 Birds Directive 82,426 protected area overlaps with site 9,383  
COTE DE CANCALE A PARAME - FR5300052 Habitats Directive 1,751 protected area overlaps with site 475  
Ile des Landes Private Reserve 22 protected area contained by site 22  
VALLEE DE LA SEE - FR2500110 Habitats Directive 1,424 protected area is adjacent to site 0  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  -
Coastline Mud flats & sand flats; Rock stacks and islets; Salt marshes; Sea cliffs and rocky shores; Shingle & stony beaches  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  -

Land use

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

Protection status National Partial International High7,850 ha of IBA covered by Hunting Reserve (Baie du Mont Saint Michel, 7,850 ha). 22 ha of IBA covered by Private Reserve (Ile des Landes, 22 ha). 18,000 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Baie du Mont Saint Michel, 18,000 ha). 62,000 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Baie du Mont Saint Michel, 62,000 ha).

Contribute  Please click here to help BirdLife conserve the world's birds - your data for this IBA and others are vital for helping protect the environment.

Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Baie du Mont Saint Michel et Ile des Landes. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/12/2014

To provide new information to update this factsheet or to correct any errors, please email BirdLife