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Location France, Corse
Central coordinates 9o 14.00' East  41o 22.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, B1ii, B2, B3, C2, C6
Area 296,002 ha
Altitude 0 - 50m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description Open sea with rocky islands and calcareous cliffs.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for breeding seabirds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Calonectris diomedea breeding  1991  312-466 breeding pairs  B1ii, B2, C2, C6  Not Recognised 
European Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis breeding  1991  350-500 breeding pairs  B1i, B3, C2, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Bouches de Bonifaccio Hunting Reserve 15,000 protected area contained by site 15,000  
Bouches de Bonifacio Nature Reserve 79,460 protected area contains site 16,731  
Iles Lavezzi Nature Reserve 5,172 protected area contained by site 5,130  
Les Tre Padule de Suartone Nature Reserve 218 protected area contained by site 218  


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

Land use

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

Protection status National High International Partial15,000 ha of IBA covered by Hunting Reserve (Bouches de Bonifaccio, 15,000 ha). 5,130 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Iles Lavezzi, 5,130 ha). 5,150 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Iles Lavezzi, 5,150 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Détroit de Bonifaccio et Iles Lavezzi. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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