Satchinez marsh

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
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.

Key biodiversity
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.

Protected areas
National High International None236 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Satchinez Bird Reserve, 236 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Satchinez marsh. Downloaded from on 07/05/2021.