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Location France, Poitou-Charentes
Central coordinates 0o 48.00' West  45o 26.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2, C1, C2, C3, C6
Area 2,580 ha
Altitude 0 - 19m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description An estuary with mudflats, marshes, reedbeds (Phragmites), cliffs, wet meadows and arable fields.

Key Biodiversity The reedbeds are important for roosting passage and wintering passerines.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia passage  1991  10-100 individuals  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Milvus migrans breeding  1991  15 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria passage  1991  1,000-10,000 individuals  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Common Redshank Tringa totanus passage  1991  1,000-10,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Aquatic Warbler Acrocephalus paludicola passage  1991  100-500 individuals  A1, C1, C6  Vulnerable 
Bluethroat Luscinia svecica breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Estuaire de la Gironde Hunting Reserve 1,290 protected area contained by site 1,290  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water; Tidal rivers and enclosed tidal waters; Water fringe vegetation  -
Coastline Mud flats & sand flats; Salt marshes  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  -

Land use

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

Protection status National Partial International None1,290 ha of IBA covered by Hunting Reserve (Estuaire de la Gironde, 1,290 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Estuaire de la Gironde : marais de la rive nord. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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