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Location France, Bretagne
Central coordinates 4o 16.00' West  48o 39.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, C2, C3
Area 2,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description A bay with mudflats, an estuary, saltmarsh, shingle and sandy beaches, rocky islets, coastal dunes and marine cliffs.

Key Biodiversity The site holds 20,000 or more waterbirds on passage and in winter, on a regular basis (including Charadrius hiaticula 2,500 (passage); Vanellus vanellus 1,500 (passage) 2,660 (winter); Calidris alpina 2,500 (passage) 4,060 (winter)).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula passage  1997  2,000-2,500 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Common Redshank Tringa totanus passage  1997  500-2,000 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica passage  1997  600-2,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C2  Near Threatened 
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres passage  1997  900-2,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Sanderling Calidris alba passage  1997  1,300-2,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  1997  20,000 individuals  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
FRN047 Hunting Reserve 1,850 protected area contained by site 1,850  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Sea Open Sea; Sea inlets and coastal features  -
Coastline Mud flats & sand flats; Rock stacks and islets; Salt marshes; Sand dunes & beaches; Sea cliffs and rocky shores; Shingle & stony beaches  -

Land use

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

Protection status National High International None1,850 ha of IBA covered by Hunting Reserve (1,850 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Baie de Goulven. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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