Estuaire de la Bidassoa et Baie de Fontarabie

Country/territory: France

IBA criteria met: A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, C2, C3, C4 (2000)
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Area: 9,300 ha

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description (2000 baseline)
An estuary, bay and open sea, with mudflats, sandy beaches, cliffs and rocky islets.

Key biodiversity
This is an important site for wintering and passage waterbirds and passage auks (Alcidae). The site holds 20,000 or more waterbirds on passage and in winter, on a regular basis (including Phalacrocorax carbo 4,000 (passage); Anser anser 10,000 (passage); Vanellus vanellus 6,000 (winter)). Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Tetrax tetrax (passage).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Estuaire de la Bidassoa et Baie de Fontarabie. Downloaded from on 08/12/2023.