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Location France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Central coordinates 7o 12.00' East  43o 46.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, C2, C6
Area 17,757 ha
Altitude 0 - 50m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description The Var River estuary with ponds, natural islets and riverine vegetation.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus passage  1991  3,000-10,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  1991  50-160 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
FR270 Hunting Reserve 600 protected area contained by site 600  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline Lagoons; Mud flats & sand flats; Shingle & stony beaches  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing brackish and salt water; Standing freshwater; Tidal rivers and enclosed tidal waters  -
Sea Open Sea  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 80%
urban/industrial/transport -

Protection status National Partial International None600 ha of IBA covered by Hunting Reserve (600 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Basse vallée du Var. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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