Dat Mui Nature Reserve is situated at the southernmost tip of Vietnam. The site was originally covered in natural mangrove forest dominated by Rhizophora apiculata, but the vast majority was destroyed during the Second Indochina War and, later, by conversion to aquaculteral ponds and agricultural land. Most of the aquacultural ponds have been abandoned, and now support extensive areas of recolonising mangrove forest. There are extensive mudflats, which are also being colonised naturally by mangrove. The site is continually growing due to accretion rates along the coastline of up to 50 m per year in some places. To the north, Dat Mui Nature Reserve is contiguous with Bai Boi Coastal Protection Forest, and together these two areas comprise an important area of intertidal mudflats and mangrove forest for migratory waterbirds.
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Dat Mui. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 03/12/2021.