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Location France, Corse
Central coordinates 8o 37.00' East  42o 20.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B2, B3, C2, C3, C6
Area 293,062 ha
Altitude 0 - 630m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description An area of rocky shore with numerous rocky inlets, cliffs, beaches and islands, as well as Mediterranean scrub and sclerophyllous woodland.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
European Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis breeding  1991  50-270 breeding pairs  B1i, B3, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Falco peregrinus breeding  1991  10-15 breeding pairs  B2  Not Recognised 
Audouin's Gull Larus audouinii breeding  1995  2 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Larus cachinnans breeding  1991  1,400-2,000 breeding pairs  A4i, B1i, C3  Not Recognised 

IBA Monitoring

2013 high near favourable medium

Energy production and mining oil and gas drilling likely in short term (within 4 years) majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Transportation and service corridors shipping lanes happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Marine Coastal/Supratidal   0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable
Marine Neritic (Nearshore Shelf)   0 0 good (> 90%) moderate (70-90%) near favourable
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable

Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species)  A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  medium 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
FR276 Hunting Reserve 16,500 protected area contained by site 16,500  
Gulf of Porto: Calanche of Piana, Gulf of Girolata, Scandola Reserve World Heritage Site 11,800 protected area contained by site 11,800  
Scandola Natural Reserve 1,669 protected area contained by site 1,919  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved evergreen woodland  -
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Tidal rivers and enclosed tidal waters  -
Sea Open Sea  -
Coastline Rock stacks and islets; Sea cliffs and rocky shores; Shingle & stony beaches  -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal   -
Marine Neritic (Nearshore Shelf)   -

Land use

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

Protection status National Partial International High16,500 ha of IBA covered by Hunting Reserve (16,500 ha). 1,919 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Scandola, 1,919 ha). 26,960 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Golfe de Porto presqu'ile de Scandola, 26,960 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Golfe de Porto, presqu'île de Scandola et golfe de Galeria. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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