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Location France, Corse
Central coordinates 9o 28.00' East  42o 36.00' North
IBA criteria A4iii, B1i, C3, C4
Area 1,980 ha
Altitude 0 - 3m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description A shallow, brackish lagoon with aquatic vegetation, reedbeds (Phragmites) and riparian woodlands.

Key Biodiversity The site holds 20,000 or more waterbirds in winter, on a regular basis (including Aythya ferina 4,800; Aythya fuligula 4,500; Fulica atra 9,000 individuals). Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (1-10 wintering individuals); Larus audouinii (1-10 passage individuals).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo passage  1997  500-1,500 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1997  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii, C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Etang de Biguglia Corsican Nature Reserve 1,790 protected area contained by site 1,800  
Etang de Biguglia Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 2,000 protected area contains site 1,980  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  -
Wetlands (inland) Shingle or stony beaches  -
Coastline Lagoons; Salt marshes; Sand dunes & beaches  -

Land use

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

Protection status National High International High1,800 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Etang de Biguglia, 1,800 ha). 1,790 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Etang de Biguglia, 1,790 ha). 1,980 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (1,980 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Etang de Biguglia. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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