She Dao Island

Country/territory: China (mainland)

IBA criteria met: A1, A4i (2009)
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Area: 73 ha

Site description (2009 baseline)
She Dao is a small island in the Gulf of Bohai, c.7 nautical miles from the mainland, which is located 30 km north-west of Laotieshan. The island is rocky and hilly with c.70% vegetation cover, and it is famous for its population of vipers (She Dao means ‘Snake Island’).

Key biodiversity

Non-bird biodiversity: The island supports an estimated population of 18,000 vipers.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: She Dao Island. Downloaded from on 02/12/2023.