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Location France, Languedoc-Roussillon
Central coordinates 3o 3.00' East  43o 5.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B1iv, B2, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6
Area 10,600 ha
Altitude 0 - 69m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description The area contains beaches, sand-dunes, islands, saltwater lagoons and marshes, mudflats, woodland, maquis and cliffs.

Key Biodiversity The site holds 20,000 or more waterbirds in winter, on a regular basis (including Phoenicopterus ruber 3,338; Anas platyrhynchos 2,520; Aythya ferina 2,200; Fulica atra 20,000). The site is a migratory bottleneck, where more than 3,000 raptors regularly pass (including Pernis apivorus 2,000; Milvus migrans 3,000). Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aquila clanga (passage, wintering); Larus audouinii (passage).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus winter  1997  3,338 individuals  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus passage  1997  1,200 individuals  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Egretta garzetta breeding  1997  100 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Charadrius alexandrinus breeding  1997  180-205 breeding pairs  B2  Not Recognised 
Little Stint Calidris minuta winter  1997  2,100 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Larus cachinnans breeding  1997  3,500 breeding pairs  A4i, B1i, C3  Not Recognised 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons breeding  1997  50-200 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida passage  1997  100-300 individuals  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla breeding  1997  20-50 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1997  20,000-49,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii, C4   
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes passage  1991  min 5,000 individuals  B1iv, C5   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Etang de Campignol Hunting Reserve 400 protected area contained by site 400  
Etang de St Paul Hunting Reserve 30 protected area contained by site 30  
Etangs de Bage et Sigean Hunting Reserve 1,700 protected area contained by site 1,700  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Native coniferous woodland  -
Shrubland Heathland; Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  -
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  -
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water; Water fringe vegetation  -
Coastline Caves; Inland cliffs; Inland sand dunes; Lagoons; Mud flats & sand flats; Rock stacks and islets; Salt marshes; Sand dunes & beaches; Scree and boulders  -

Land use

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

Protection status National Partial International None2,130 ha of IBA covered by 3 Hunting Reserves (Etangs de Bage et Sigean; Etang de St Paul; Etang de Campignol; total area 2,130 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Etangs Narbonnais. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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