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Location France, Languedoc-Roussillon
Central coordinates 3o 37.00' East  43o 24.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, C3, C6
Area 1,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 2m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux



Site description A brackish lagoon with marshes, dunes and sand beaches, reedbeds (Phragmites) and a Pinus plantation.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis winter  1997  500-2,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis passage  1997  1,000-2,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo winter  1997  500-1,000 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo passage  1997  1,000-2,000 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Himantopus himantopus breeding  1997  50-100 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta breeding  1997  10-20 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 1,000  
HERBIERS DE L'ETANG DE THAU - FR9101411 Habitats Directive 4,798 protected area overlaps with site 613  
Les Pres de Bauge Nature Reserve 10 protected area contained by site 10  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Coastline Lagoons; Mud flats & sand flats; Salt marshes  -

Land use

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

Protection status National Low International None10 ha of IBA covered by Voluntary Nature Reserve (Les Prés de Baugé, 10 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Etang de Thau. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/09/2014

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