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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.

Key Biodiversity The site holds 20,000 or more waterbirds on passage, on a regular basis. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet criteria: Aythya nyroca (passage and wintering).

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 22/12/2014

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