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Location France, Bretagne
Central coordinates 2o 12.00' West  48o 38.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 4,400 ha
Altitude 0 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description Small islets and open sea. Human activities include fishing and boating.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for tern colonies.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis breeding  1991  300-380 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii breeding  1996  present  B2  Least Concern 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  1991  65-120 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
FR005 Hunting Reserve 4,400 protected area contained by site 4,400  
FR005 Private Reserve 12 protected area contained by site 12  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Sea Open Sea  -
Coastline Rock stacks and islets  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
tourism/recreation -
not utilised -

Protection status National High International Partial4,400 ha of IBA covered by Hunting Reserve (4,400 ha). 12 ha of IBA covered by Private Reserve (12 ha). 1,710 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Iles de la Colombière, de la Nellière et des Hache, 1,710 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Iles de la Colombière, de la Nellière et des Haches. Downloaded from on 29/11/2015

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