|Central coordinates||17o 1.00' West 14o 26.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4i|
|Altitude||0 - 74m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description The site consists of the coastal strip (c. 70 km long) south of Dakar, running from Bargny (20 km south-east of Dakar), south to the village of Mbodiène, which lies just north of Joal-Fadiouth (site SN012). It consists of mainly sandy, narrow beaches, offshore sandbars, dunes and saltmarsh, crossed by several small rivers and estuaries. There are a number of shallow lagoons and temporary wetlands in depressions behind the dunes, of varying size and salinity (depending on seasonal rainfall), some with associated mudflats and saltmarsh. The lagoons include Yène-Tode (c.150 ha), Popenguine (c.10 ha), Somone estuary (c.30 ha) and Sarène. Vegetation is generally sparse; there are some thickets of Tamarix sp. on higher ground behind the dunes and, towards the southern end of the site, mangroves (Rhizophora sp. and Avicennia sp.) on the mudflats. Along c.15 km at the northern end of the site there are sandy hills and cliffs with occasional rocky outcrops behind the dunes, reaching a maximum height of 74 m. One of the rocky outcrops (Cap de Naze) lies just behind Popenguine Avifaunal Reserve, the only officially designated site within the IBA. Popenguine consists of a freshwater lagoon and marsh, contained by a man-made barrage.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Pink-backed Pelican Pelecanus rufescens||breeding||-||1,500-2,000 breeding pairs||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Audouin's Gull Larus audouinii||winter||-||160 individuals||-||A1||Near Threatened|
|Slender-billed Gull Larus genei||winter||1998||1,185 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia||winter||1998||240 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Poponguine||Nature Reserve||1,009||protected area contained by site||1,009|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial - terrestrial||95%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||-|
Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.
References Cormier and Baillon (1991), Dubois and Rouge (1990), Larivière (1998–1999), Schepers et al. (1998).
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