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Location Senegal, Thiès
Central coordinates 16o 49.00' West  14o 8.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i
Area 1,800 ha
Altitude 0 - 40m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Site description The site lies just west and south of the town of Joal-Fadiouth and incorporates a length (c.5 km) of sandy coastline and a fairly large estuary with mangroves, mudbanks and small islands. The estuary consists of expanses of mud and mangroves intersected by creeks, which become at least partially inundated at high tide. At low tide, the mudbanks are important feeding areas, especially for waders. Inland, the eastern end of the estuary includes areas of dryer land and salt steppe that are not inundated. The site lies about 10 km south of the southern boundary of La Petite Côte (site SN011) and just north (c.4 km) of the northern boundary of Delta du Saloum (SN013).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres winter  1998  488 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Audouin's Gull Larus audouinii winter  1991  350 individuals  A1  Near Threatened 
Slender-billed Gull Larus genei winter  1998  924 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia winter  1997  435 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus winter  1998  825 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Forêt classée de Samba Dia UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 756 protected area is adjacent to site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   60%
Wetlands (inland)   18%
Rocky areas   20%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
unknown -

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References del Nevo et al. (1994), Peeters et al. (1998), Schepers et al. (1998).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Joal-Fadiouth. Downloaded from on 01/11/2014

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