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Location France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Central coordinates 5o 9.00' East  43o 28.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 530 ha
Altitude 0 - 1m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description Saltmarshes and salinas around the Berre lagoon. Human activities include hunting and salt exploitation.

Key Biodiversity The site is particularly important for breeding waders.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Himantopus himantopus breeding  1995  6 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta breeding  1995  59 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  1991  76-418 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons breeding  1991  40 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
MARAIS ET ZONES HUMIDES LIEES A L'ETANG DE BERRE - FR9301597 Habitats Directive 1,503 protected area overlaps with site 469  
Salines de l'Etang de Berre - FR9312005 Birds Directive 450 protected area contained by site 450  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Salt marshes  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting 100%
urban/industrial/transport 100%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Salines de l'Etang de Berre. Downloaded from on 02/04/2015

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