|Location||Gambia, Central River Division|
|Central coordinates||15o 22.00' West 13o 36.00' North|
|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.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Great Egret Casmerodius albus||winter||1996||500-1,000 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola||winter||-||4,500 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial landscapes (terrestrial)||63%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Dankunku wetlands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 10/12/2013
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