Santo André and Sancha lagoons

Country/territory: Portugal

IBA Criteria met: A4i, B1i, B2, C3, C6 (2002)
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Area: 2,672 ha

Protection status:

Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2005 low not assessed not assessed
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Site description
A complex of two coastal lagoons and a stretch of well-consolidated sand-dunes, on the south-west coast of Portugal, just north of the town of Sines. Both lagoons have extensive reedbeds. This site is an amalgamation of two sites that featured in the previous pan-European IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989): Santo André Lagoon (former site PT021) and Sancha Lagoon (former site PT022).

Key biodiversity
Important numbers of breeding and wintering waterbirds occur, and the site also harbours large numbers of migrating passerines during autumn migration.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Santo André and Sancha lagoons. Downloaded from on 07/08/2020.