Falaise du Bessin

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2000 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2000).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
POINTE DU HOC Terrain acquis par le Conservatoire du Littoral 26 protected area contained by site 0
Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin Parc naturel régional 147,619 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Falaise du Bessin Occidental Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 1,200 protected area contained by site 1,200
Falaise du Bessin Occidental Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 1,200 protected area contained by site 0
Baie de Seine occidentale Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 44,488 protected area overlaps with site 441
Baie de Seine occidentale Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 45,566 protected area overlaps with site 1,512
Baie de Seine occidentale Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 45,500 protected area overlaps with site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land -
Marine Neritic -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
tourism/recreation -
not utilised -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Falaise du Bessin. Downloaded from on 28/02/2024.