Cap Gris-nez

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
A largely marine area with sand and shingle beaches, cliffs, heathlands, meadows and arable fields.

Key biodiversity
The site holds 20,000 or more waterbirds on passage, on a regular basis. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet criteria: Aythya nyroca (passage and wintering).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Oil pollution of marine areas from shipping (`Other' threats, above) is a major threat and frequently affects seabirds.

Protected areas
National High International High8,600 ha of IBA covered by Hunting Reserve (Cap Gris-nez, 8,600 ha). 8,600 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Cap Gris-nez, 8,600 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Cap Gris-nez. Downloaded from on 11/04/2021.