Baies de Morlaix et de Carantec

Site description (2000 baseline):

Site location and context
An estuary and bay with mudflats, sand and shingle-beaches, rocky areas, islets and cliffs. Human activities include fishing, hunting, tourism and sailing.

Key biodiversity
The site supports important tern colonies and is also important for wintering waterbirds. The site holds 20,000 or more waterbirds in winter, on a regular basis (including Branta bernicla 2,170; Haematopus ostralegus 1,590; Larus ridibundus 38,500 individuals).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Recreation activities and tourism are the main threats affecting breeding birds.

Protected areas
National Partial International Partial5 ha of IBA covered by Private Reserve (5 ha). 2,000 ha of IBA covered by 2 Hunting Reserves (Baie de Morlaix; Baie de Carantec; total area 2,000 ha). 1,800 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Baie de Morlaix, 1,800 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Baies de Morlaix et de Carantec. Downloaded from on 24/09/2023.