A remnant wetland associated with the Ier river. Extensive areas of reedbed (Phragmites) are interspersed with open water; wet meadows occur in the surrounds. Salix trees and bushes provide breeding sites for herons.
An important site for breeding and passage waterbirds, particularly herons and ducks. There are 69-75 breeding species and a further 79 species have been recorded on passage. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex (5-15 breeding pairs).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
As a result of agricultural intensification, dyke construction and drainage around the IBA, the wetland is drying out as water-levels drop and organic matter builds up. The wetland is also being grazed and is subject to fires. A warden is responsible for the site, for which a management plan exists. Between 1996 and 1997 research on the avifauna was carried out, particularly on a mixed colony of herons.
National High International None236 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Satchinez Bird Reserve, 236 ha).
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Satchinez marsh. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 12/08/2020.