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Location France, Languedoc-Roussillon
Central coordinates 3o 58.00' East  43o 32.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3, C1, C2, C3, C4, C6
Area 12,700 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux



Site description Saltwater lagoons and saltmarshes with reedbeds (Phragmites), abandoned salinas and orchards.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis winter  1997  184-2,318 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis passage  1997  200-1,500 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus winter  1997  3,153-14,600 individuals  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus breeding  1997  30 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus passage  1997  10,000-15,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Great Bittern Botaurus stellaris breeding  1997  6-7 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea breeding  1991  50 breeding pairs  C2  Least Concern 
Little Egret Egretta garzetta winter  1997  445-888 individuals  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Little Egret Egretta garzetta passage  1997  500-1,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo passage  1997  1,000-2,000 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Black Kite Milvus migrans breeding  1997  10-15 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus breeding  1997  15-20 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax winter  1997  100-260 individuals  A1, C1  Near Threatened 
Eurasian Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus breeding  1997  10-12 breeding pairs  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus breeding  1997  50-200 breeding pairs  B1i, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta winter  1997  350-786 individuals  B1i, B2, C2  Least Concern 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta breeding  1997  100-200 breeding pairs  B3, C6  Least Concern 
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus breeding  1997  100-200 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis winter  1997  3,866-13,503 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  1997  200-350 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sterna albifrons breeding  1997  100-200 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida passage  1997  100-300 individuals  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis breeding  1997  10-50 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Moustached Warbler Acrocephalus melanopogon breeding  1991  20-100 breeding pairs  C6  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)  
Arnel Hunting Reserve 220 protected area contained by site 220  
COTE LANGUEDOCIENNE - FR9112035 Birds Directive 71,874 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Etang de l'Estagnol National Nature Reserve 78 protected area contained by site 78  
ETANG DE MAUGUIO - FR9101408 Habitats Directive 7,427 protected area overlaps with site 5,775  
ETANG DE MAUGUIO - FR9112017 Birds Directive 7,427 protected area overlaps with site 5,775  
ETANGS PALAVASIENS - FR9101410 Habitats Directive 6,547 protected area overlaps with site 5,911  
Etangs palavasiens et étang de l'Estagnol - FR9110042 Birds Directive 6,547 protected area overlaps with site 5,906  
Les Salims Hunting Reserve 46 protected area contained by site 46  
Méjean Hunting Reserve 463 protected area contained by site 463  
Vagaran Hunting Reserve 62 protected area contained by site 62  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Coastal lagoons; Salt marshes; Sand dunes and beaches; Shingle or stony beaches; Standing brackish and salt water; Water fringe vegetation  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  -

Land use

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

Protection status National Low International Low791 ha of IBA covered by 4 Hunting Reserves (Arnel; Vagaran; Méjean; Les Salins; total area 791 ha). 78 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Etang de l'Estagnol, 78 ha). 78 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Etang de l'Estagnol, 78 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Etangs Montpellierains. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/04/2014

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