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Location France, Pays de la Loire
Central coordinates 2o 16.00' West  46o 59.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, B3, C2, C6
Area 59,294 ha
Altitude 1 - 3m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description Saltwater marshes, salinas and raised saltmarsh.

Key Biodiversity The site supports important colonies of waders and terns.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1991  10-30 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Himantopus himantopus breeding  1991  30-50 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta breeding  1991  115-255 breeding pairs  B1i, B3, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  1991  120 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Müllembourg National Nature Reserve 48 protected area contained by site 48  


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
hunting -
tourism/recreation -

Protection status National Low International None48 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Marais de Müllembourg, 48 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Marais salants de Noirmoutier. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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