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Santo André and Sancha lagoons
8o 49.00' West 38o 4.00' North
A4i, B1i, B2, C3, C6
0 - 48m
Year of IBA assessment
Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves
Site description A complex of two coastal lagoons and a stretch of well-consolidated sand-dunes, on the south-west coast of Portugal, just north of the town of Sines. Both lagoons have extensive reedbeds. This site is an amalgamation of two sites that featured in the previous pan-European IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989): Santo André Lagoon (former site PT021) and Sancha Lagoon (former site PT022).
Key Biodiversity Important numbers of breeding and wintering waterbirds occur, and the site also harbours large numbers of migrating passerines during autumn migration.
Protection statusNational None International High409 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Lagoa da Sancha, 409 ha). 2,165 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Lagoa da Sto. André, 2,165 ha).
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BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Santo André and Sancha lagoons. Downloaded from
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