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Location France, Poitou-Charentes
Central coordinates 1o 0.00' West  45o 57.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, B2, C3, C6
Area 5,400 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description An estuary with mudflats, saltmarshes, reedbeds (Phragmites) and aquatic vegetation, freshwater marshes, wet meadows, and arable fields.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for breeding waterbirds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea breeding  1997  27 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Himantopus himantopus breeding  1996  12-20 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta winter  1991  300 individuals  B2  Least Concern 
Red Knot Calidris canutus passage  1991  5,000 individuals  B1i, C3  Near Threatened 
Bluethroat Luscinia svecica breeding  1997  25-50 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing brackish and salt water; Standing freshwater; Tidal rivers and enclosed tidal waters; Water fringe vegetation  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  -
Coastline Mud flats & sand flats; Salt marshes  -

Land use

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

Protection status National None International Partial2,500 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Marais de Fouras, Baie d'Yves et Marais de Rochefort, 11,679 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Estuaire de la Charente. Downloaded from on 25/11/2015

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