Ha Nam This is an IBA in Danger! 

Country/territory: Vietnam

IBA criteria met: A1, A4i (2002)
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Area: 5,000 ha

BirdLife International in Vietnam
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2016 very high very unfavourable negligible
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Site description (baseline)
Ha Nam island is situated at the mouth of the Bach Dang river off the coast of Quang Ninh, the northeastern most province in Vietnam. The island is linked via a bridge to the mainland and is ringed by a sea dyke, within which land use is dominated agricultural land and habitation, although a small area of reedbed (c.30ha) is present on the southern end of the island (Le Manh Hung et al 2002). Numerous shrimp ponds are present on the southern and western sides of the island outside of the sea dyke, many of which contain mangrove. Ha Nam has received very little survey attention to date, with only the results of a single rapid survey published at the time of writing.

Key biodiversity
Forty species have been confirmed to occur at Ha Nam island from the single set of survey data published so far (Le Manh Hung et al 2002). Amongst these, 26 individuals of the nationally threatened Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo (Anon. 1992) were observed in a shrimp pond in Tien Phong commune in December 2001. 150 indivduals were later observed at the same site in January 2002 (Le Manh Hung et al 2002). The site also supports nationally significant wintering populations of Northern Pintail Anas acuta, Eurasian Wigeon A. penelope and Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus (Le Manh Hung et al 2002).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Ha Nam. Downloaded from on 08/06/2023.