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Location France, Bretagne
Central coordinates 2o 46.00' West  47o 34.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3, C2, C3, C4, C6
Area 18,800 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux



Site description A bay with mudflats, saltwater marshes, saltwater lagoons and raised saltmarsh, islands, rocky coast, beaches, grassland and arable land.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Northern Pintail Anas acuta winter  1997  1,075-2,350 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Brent Goose Branta bernicla winter  1997  4,860-8,360 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna winter  1997  2,450-4,250 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata winter  1997  180-652 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator winter  1997  1,530-1,965 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator passage  1997  2,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis winter  1997  970-1,493 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia passage  1997  20-60 individuals  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Little Egret Egretta garzetta breeding  1991  50-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus breeding  1991  5-8 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus breeding  1995  54 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta winter  1997  515-905 individuals  B1i, B2, C2  Least Concern 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta breeding  1997  140-142 breeding pairs  B3, C6  Least Concern 
Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola winter  1997  1,720-2,510 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Common Redshank Tringa totanus passage  1997  1,000-2,000 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Dunlin Calidris alpina winter  1997  15,200-29,780 individuals  A4i, B1i, B2, C3  Least Concern 
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus breeding  1991  100-500 breeding pairs  B3  Least Concern 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  1991  50-200 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1997  20,000-49,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii, C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
FR014 Private Reserve 30 protected area contained by site 30  
Golfe du Morbihan Hunting Reserve 1,500 protected area contained by site 1,500  
Golfe du Morbihan Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 23,000 protected area overlaps with site 18,800  
Golfe du Morbihan - FR5310086 Birds Directive 9,502 protected area overlaps with site 7,123  
GOLFE DU MORBIHAN, COTE OUEST DE RHUYS - FR5300029 Habitats Directive 20,609 protected area overlaps with site 13,950  
Marais de Séné National Nature Reserve 410 protected area contained by site 410  
Rivière de Pénerf - FR5310092 Birds Directive 4,495 protected area overlaps with site 2,855  
RIVIERE DE PENERF, MARAIS DE SUSCINIO - FR5300030 Habitats Directive 4,924 protected area overlaps with site 3,126  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland  -
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water; Water fringe vegetation  -
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  -
Coastline Lagoons; Mud flats & sand flats; Rock stacks and islets; Salt marshes; Sea cliffs and rocky shores; Shingle & stony beaches  -

Land use

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

Protection status National Low International High1,500 ha of IBA covered by Hunting Reserve (Golfe du Morbihan, 1,500 ha). 30 ha of IBA covered by Private Reserve (30 ha). 410 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Marais de Séné, 410 ha) 1,490 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Etier de Penerf, 1,490 ha). 5,830 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Golfe du Morbihan, 5,830 ha). 18,800 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Golfe du Morbihan, 23,000 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Golfe du Morbihan et Etier de Penerf. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/07/2014

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