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Location Gambia, Central River Division
Central coordinates 15o 22.00' West  13o 36.00' North
IBA criteria A4i
Area 6,500 ha
Altitude 10 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description Although lying almost opposite site GM009, on the other side of the river, these wetlands are of a quite different character. They extend for approximately 30 km, up to 3 km wide, on the eastern, ‘inner’ side of a large meander of the Gambia River, where they run parallel to it. Their character is uniform throughout. Next to the river is a narrow belt of Rhizophora mangrove, behind which is a 1 km wide strip of Phragmites karka, forming the largest continuous area of reedbed in the country, and beyond this in turn are seasonal freshwater and brackish marshes, which are a mosaic of shallow pools and low-growing Gramineae and Cyperaceae in the rains. The southern boundary of the site is Sofaniyama Bolon, a tributary of the Gambia River which extends for 100 km into southern Senegal. It is fringed with Rhizophora mangrove forest along its length in The Gambia.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great White Egret Ardea alba winter  1996  500-1,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola winter  4,500 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   63%
Wetlands (inland)   20%
Shrubland   11%
Forest   4%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Dankunku wetlands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/09/2014

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