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Location France, Bretagne
Central coordinates 3o 54.00' West  48o 40.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3, C2, C3, C4, C6
Area 170,304 ha
Altitude 0 - 15m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description An estuary and bay with mudflats, sand and shingle-beaches, rocky areas, islets and cliffs. Human activities include fishing, hunting, tourism and sailing.

Key Biodiversity The site supports important tern colonies and is also important for wintering waterbirds. The site holds 20,000 or more waterbirds in winter, on a regular basis (including Branta bernicla 2,170; Haematopus ostralegus 1,590; Larus ridibundus 38,500 individuals).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
European Storm-petrel Hydrobates pelagicus breeding  1991  10-20 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres winter  1997  575-1,480 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Dunlin Calidris alpina winter  1997  10,000-12,800 individuals  B2  Least Concern 
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus breeding  1991  440 breeding pairs  B3  Least Concern 
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus breeding  1991  350 breeding pairs  B3  Least Concern 
Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis breeding  1997  750-1,100 breeding pairs  A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii breeding  1996  105-110 breeding pairs  A4i, B1i, B2, C2  Least Concern 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  1991  190-210 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax breeding  1991  12-13 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1997  50,000-99,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii, C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Baie de Carantec Hunting Reserve 200 protected area contained by site 200  
Baie de Morlaix Hunting Reserve 1,800 protected area contained by site 1,800  
FR012 Private Reserve 5 protected area contained by site 5  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Tidal rivers and enclosed tidal waters  -
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  -
Coastline Mud flats & sand flats; Rock stacks and islets; Sand dunes & beaches; Sea cliffs and rocky shores; Shingle & stony beaches  -

Land use

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

Protection status National Partial International Partial5 ha of IBA covered by Private Reserve (5 ha). 2,000 ha of IBA covered by 2 Hunting Reserves (Baie de Morlaix; Baie de Carantec; total area 2,000 ha). 1,800 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Baie de Morlaix, 1,800 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Baies de Morlaix et de Carantec. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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