Etangs de Leucate et Lapalme

Country/territory: France

IBA criteria met: A4i, A4iv, B1i, B1iv, B2, C2, C3, C5, C6 (2000)
For more information about IBA criteria, please click here

Area: 218,160 ha

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description (2000 baseline)
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).

Raptors MOU - IBA listed under Table 3 of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Etangs de Leucate et Lapalme. Downloaded from on 28/02/2024.