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Location France, Languedoc-Roussillon
Central coordinates 3o 4.00' East  43o 18.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C2, C6
Area 1,360 ha
Altitude 0 - 3m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux



Site description A lake and marshes with aquatic vegetation.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great Bittern Botaurus stellaris breeding  1997  5-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus breeding  1997  5-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea breeding  1990  150 breeding pairs  B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida breeding  1997  20-30 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Moustached Warbler Acrocephalus melanopogon breeding  1997  40-250 breeding pairs  C2, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
ETANG DE CAPESTANG - FR9112016 Birds Directive 1,374 is identical to site 1,360  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -

Land use

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

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Etang de Capestang. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 10/07/2014

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