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Location Gambia, Central River Division,North Bank Division
Central coordinates 15o 23.00' West  13o 38.00' North
IBA criteria A4i
Area 1,500 ha
Altitude 30 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description The site comprises a line of shallow freshwater and brackish lakes bordered with extensive beds of Typha swamp, mudflats and rice cultivation. The lakes are located on the north bank of the Gambia River, 150 km from the coast and to the south of the divisional capital Kaur. The northernmost lake, close to Kaur and bisected by the main north bank road, is a seasonal wetland. The other lakes may be spring-fed and permanent. They lie below a broken series of lateritic outcrops set back 3–4 km from the Gambia River.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Senegal Thick-knee Burhinus senegalensis winter  1996  450 individuals  medium  A4i  Least Concern 
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola winter  1,600 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References Robinson (in prep.).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Samba Sotor to Kaur wetlands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/09/2014

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