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Location France, Languedoc-Roussillon
Central coordinates 3o 0.00' East  42o 53.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B1iv, B2, C2, C3, C4, C6
Area 218,160 ha
Altitude 0 - 69m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux



Site description A complex of coastal habitats, including saltmarshes and lagoons.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus winter  1997  529-805 individuals  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus passage  1997  500-1,500 individuals  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus breeding  1997  10-15 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta breeding  1997  50-60 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Charadrius alexandrinus breeding  1997  100-180 breeding pairs  B2  Not Recognised 
Larus michahellis winter  1997  5,615-8,700 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Not Recognised 
Larus michahellis breeding  1997  4,000 breeding pairs  A4i, B1i, C3  Not Recognised 
Slender-billed Gull Larus genei breeding  1997  50-100 breeding pairs  C2  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons breeding  1997  50-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla breeding  1997  50-250 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Moustached Warbler Acrocephalus melanopogon breeding  1997  50-250 breeding pairs  C2, C6  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  1997  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii, C4   
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes passage  1991  6,000-18,000 individuals  B1iv   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
CAP BEAR- CAP CERBERE - FR9112034 Birds Directive 38,450 protected area overlaps with site 6,043  
COMPLEXE LAGUNAIRE DE LAPALME - FR9101441 Habitats Directive 1,840 protected area contained by site 1,840  
COMPLEXE LAGUNAIRE DE SALSES - FR9101463 Habitats Directive 7,797 protected area overlaps with site 7,166  
COMPLEXE LAGUNAIRE DE SALSES-LEUCATE - FR9112005 Birds Directive 7,701 protected area overlaps with site 7,116  
COTE LANGUEDOCIENNE - FR9112035 Birds Directive 71,874 protected area overlaps with site 20,260  
COTES SABLEUSES DE L'INFRALITTORAL LANGUEDOCIEN - FR9102013 Habitats Directive 8,634 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
ETANG DE LAPALME - FR9112006 Birds Directive 3,904 protected area overlaps with site 3,118  
La Rigole Hunting Reserve 43 protected area contained by site 43  
PLATEAU DE LEUCATE - FR9101442 Habitats Directive 303 protected area contained by site 303  
PLATEAU DE LEUCATE - FR9112030 Birds Directive 303 protected area contained by site 303  
PROLONGEMENT EN MER DES CAP ET ETANG DE LEUCATE - FR9102012 Habitats Directive 13,733 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Salses-Leucate Hunting Reserve 1,250 protected area contained by site 1,250  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved evergreen woodland; Native coniferous woodland  -
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  -
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  -
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Standing brackish and salt water; Tidal rivers and enclosed tidal waters; Water fringe vegetation  -
Coastline Lagoons; Mud flats & sand flats; Rock stacks and islets; Salt marshes; Sand dunes & beaches; Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Ruderal land; Urban parks and gardens  -

Land use

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

Protection status National Low International None1,293 ha of IBA covered by 2 Hunting Reserves (Salses-Leucate, 1,250 ha; La Rigole; total area 1,293 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Etangs de Leucate et Lapalme. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/09/2014

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