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Location France, Languedoc-Roussillon
Central coordinates 3o 36.00' East  43o 22.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C6
Area 800 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.

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 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
ETANG DE THAU ET LIDO DE SETE A AGDE - FR9112018 Birds Directive 7,770 protected area contains site 800  
HERBIERS DE L'ETANG DE THAU - FR9101411 Habitats Directive 4,798 protected area overlaps with site 537  

Habitats

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Cordon lagunaire de Sète à Agde. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 31/07/2014

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