|Central coordinates||13o 46.00' West 9o 26.00' North|
|Altitude||0 - 23m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
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.
Key Biodiversity See Box for key species. The island is regularly used as a roost by terns and other waterbirds.
Non-bird biodiversity: The sea-turtle Lepidochelys olivacea (EN), and possibly other sea-turtle species, nest on the sandy beaches.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus||winter||1990||1,500 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|2001||high||not assessed||not assessed|
|Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data|
|Human intrusions and disturbance||work and other activities||happening now||majority/most of area/population (50-90%)||slow but significant deterioration||high|
|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||-|
References Altenburg and van der Kamp (1991a,b).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ile Blanche. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 02/08/2015
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