She Dao Island

Year of compilation: 2009

Site description
She Dao is a small island in the Gulf of Bohai, c.7 nautical miles from the mainland, which is located 30 km north-west of Laotieshan. The island is rocky and hilly with c.70% vegetation cover, and it is famous for its population of vipers (She Dao means ‘Snake Island’).

Key biodiversity

Non-bird biodiversity: The island supports an estimated population of 18,000 vipers.

Conservation responses/actions for key biodiversity
The IBA is protected within She Dao–Laotieshan National Nature Reserve (total area 178,073 ha), which was established in 1980.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: She Dao Island. Downloaded from on 20/05/2022.