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Location France, Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Central coordinates 1o 35.00' East  50o 52.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, C2, C3, C4
Area 8,950 ha
Altitude 0 - 50m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux



Site description A largely marine area with sand and shingle beaches, cliffs, heathlands, meadows and arable fields.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Northern Pintail Anas acuta passage  1997  500-1,000 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Brent Goose Branta bernicla passage  1997  1,000-10,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna passage  1997  1,000-10,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata passage  1997  500-1,000 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis passage  1997  1,000-10,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena passage  1997  100-500 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia passage  1991  100-500 individuals  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Haematopus ostralegus winter  1997  338-13,044 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Not Recognised 
Haematopus ostralegus passage  1997  1,000-10,000 individuals  B1i, C3  Not Recognised 
Charadrius alexandrinus passage  1997  500-1,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Not Recognised 
Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola passage  1997  1,000-10,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula passage  1997  1,000-10,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Common Redshank Tringa totanus passage  1997  1,000-10,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica passage  1997  1,000-10,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata winter  1997  75-1,408 individuals  B2  Near Threatened 
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata passage  1997  1,000-10,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Near Threatened 
Dunlin Calidris alpina passage  1997  10,000-20,000 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Larus argentatus winter  1997  80-30,000 individuals  A4i, B1i  Not Recognised 
Larus argentatus passage  1997  10,000-20,000 individuals  B1i  Not Recognised 
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus passage  1997  1,000-10,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus passage  1997  1,000-10,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis passage  1991  10,000-20,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii passage  1991  10-100 individuals  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo passage  1991  10,000-20,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea passage  1991  1,000-10,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons passage  1991  1,000-10,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  1997  50,000-99,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii, C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Cap Gris-Nez - FR3110085 Birds Directive 56,224 protected area overlaps with site 8,434  
Cap Griz-nez Hunting Reserve 8,600 protected area contained by site 8,600  
FALAISES DU CRAN AUX OEUFS ET DU CAP GRIS-NEZ, DUNES DU CHATELET, MARAIS DE TARDINGHEN ET DUNES DE WISSANT - FR3100478 Habitats Directive 1,023 protected area overlaps with site 845  
RECIFS GRIS-NEZ BLANC-NEZ - FR3102003 Habitats Directive 29,156 protected area overlaps with site 7,818  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland  -
Grassland Humid grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing brackish and salt water  -
Sea Open Sea  95%
Coastline Sand dunes & beaches; Sea cliffs and rocky shores; Shingle & stony beaches  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Ruderal land  -

Land use

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

Protection status National High International High8,600 ha of IBA covered by Hunting Reserve (Cap Gris-nez, 8,600 ha). 8,600 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Cap Gris-nez, 8,600 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Cap Gris-nez. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 01/08/2014

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