Chingudi-Bidasoa estuary

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
A highly developed estuary on the Atlantic border between Spain and France. The site includes sandy beaches, cliffs, large areas of intertidal mud, grasslands, reedbeds (Phragmites) and some riverine woodland. Main human activities are agriculture, fisheries, tourism and industry.

Key biodiversity
A very important area for passage and wintering seabirds and waders.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats are from dredging, industrial, transport and urban development, tourism and illegal hunting. A management and recovery plan exists but has not been implemented.

Protected areas
National None International None

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Chingudi-Bidasoa estuary. Downloaded from on 26/06/2022.