Etangs de Leucate et Lapalme

Site description (2000 baseline):

Site location and context
A complex of coastal habitats, including saltmarshes and lagoons.

Key biodiversity
The site is very important for breeding and wintering wetland birds and passage raptors and passerines. The site is a major migratory bottleneck, where 20,000 or more raptors regularly pass (including Pernis apivorus 15,000; Milvus migrans 3,000). Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Larus audouinii (passage).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Urbanization, the consolidation of land into larger more homogeneous units, and the expansion of tourism are the main threats.

Protected areas
National Low International None1,293 ha of IBA covered by 2 Hunting Reserves (Salses-Leucate, 1,250 ha; La Rigole; total area 1,293 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Etangs de Leucate et Lapalme. Downloaded from on 02/10/2023.