email a friend
printable version
Location France, Languedoc-Roussillon
Central coordinates 3o 36.00' East  43o 22.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C6
Area 31,125 ha
Altitude 0 - 2m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description A brackish lagoon, saltmarshes, dunes and sandy beaches, ponds, ditches, Pinus woodlots and abandoned fields.

Key Biodiversity An important site for breeding species associated with reedbeds (Phragmites) and saltmarshes.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus passage  1991  500-1,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Egretta garzetta breeding  1997  245 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Himantopus himantopus breeding  1997  20-80 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta breeding  1991  50-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis breeding  1997  100-200 breeding pairs  B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  1991  100-200 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons breeding  1991  50-150 breeding pairs  B1i, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla breeding  1997  10-15 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Native coniferous woodland  -
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water  -
Artificial - terrestrial Ruderal land  -
Coastline Salt marshes; Sand dunes & beaches  -

Land use

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

Protection status National None International None

Contribute  Please click here to help BirdLife conserve the world's birds - your data for this IBA and others are vital for helping protect the environment.

Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Cordon lagunaire de Sète à Agde. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

To provide new information to update this factsheet or to correct any errors, please email BirdLife