|Central coordinates||13o 46.00' West 9o 26.00' North|
|Altitude||0 - 23m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Ornithological information See Box for key species. The island is regularly used as a roost by terns and other waterbirds.
Site description Ile Blanche is the southernmost island of the Iles de Los archipelago, located some 10 km offshore, south-west of the capital Conakry. It is a rocky, lateritic island with a surface area of some 10 ha which becomes divided into three islets at high tide. The island is covered with fine and coarse sands with, except for a few mangroves, little vegetation. The mean tidal amplitude is 3.6 m and the island is surrounded by relatively deep water.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Royal Tern Sterna maxima||winter||1990||1,500 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Ile Blanche||Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar)||10||is identical to site||10|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||-|
Other biodiversity The sea-turtle Lepidochelys olivacea (EN), and possibly other sea-turtle species, nest on the sandy beaches.
Management considerations The island was declared a Ramsar Site in 1993. It is uninhabited, but there is heavy human pressure on turtle nests and young. This activity is likely to result in disturbance of roosting and breeding birds.
References Altenburg and van der Kamp (1991a,b).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ile Blanche. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/06/2013
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