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Location France, Languedoc-Roussillon
Central coordinates 4o 18.00' East  43o 38.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2, C1, C2, C6
Area 19,300 ha
Altitude 0 - 4m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description A brackish lagoon with associated aquatic vegetation, and woodlands, vineyards and other cultivation.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for waterbirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (2-10 passage individuals, 1-10 passage individuals); Tetrax tetrax (5 breeding pairs).

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 
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  1997  5-10 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris breeding  1997  35-40 breeding pairs  B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax breeding  1991  50-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides breeding  1997  5-10 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea breeding  1997  165 breeding pairs  B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Egretta garzetta breeding  1991  400-800 breeding pairs  A4i, B1i, C2, C6  Not Recognised 
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus breeding  1997  40-60 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Milvus migrans breeding  1997  15-20 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax winter  1996  100-260 individuals  A1, C1  Near Threatened 
Spotted Crake Porzana porzana breeding  1997  1-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Himantopus himantopus breeding  1997  100-200 breeding pairs  B1i, C2, C6  Not Recognised 
Sterna nilotica breeding  1991  20-50 breeding pairs  B1i, B2, C2  Not Recognised 
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida passage  1997  100-500 individuals  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Black Tern Chlidonias niger breeding  1997  5 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
European Roller Coracias garrulus breeding  1997  15-20 breeding pairs  C6  Near Threatened 
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis breeding  1997  10-50 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Moustached Warbler Acrocephalus melanopogon breeding  1997  200-500 breeding pairs  C2, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
FR242 Private Reserve 0 protected area contained by site 0  
La Petite Camargue Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 37,000 protected area overlaps with site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved evergreen woodland; Native coniferous woodland  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing brackish and salt water; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Rocky areas Scree & boulders  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  -

Land use

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

Protection status National Low International PartialPart of IBA covered by Private Reserve. 16,000 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (La Petite Camargue, 37,000 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Petite Camargue fluvio-lacustre. Downloaded from on 07/10/2015

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