Yancheng Nature Reserve

Year of compilation: 2009

Site description
Yancheng National Nature Reserve is located on the coast of central Jiangsu Province. The core area of the reserve is 13,800 ha. The coastline extends 583 km from north to south, with a typical width of between 5-10 km (the widest part is over 15 km, the narrowest part is below 2 km). The inter-tidal mudflats are growing eastwards because of siltation, at a rate of 50-200 m a year (about 33 km2/yr).

Key biodiversity

Non-bird biodiversity: Nationally protected animals include Hydropotes inermis and semi-wild Elaphurus davidianus.

Conservation responses/actions for key biodiversity
Established as a nature reserve in 1983, and upgraded to a national nature reserve (453,300 ha) in 1992. The reserve was designated in 1992 as a ‘Biosphere Reserve’ under UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme and in in 2002 as a ‘Wetland of International Importance’ (or Ramsar site) under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Dafeng Milu Nature Reserve is located inside the buffer zone of the national nature reserve.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Yancheng Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 03/12/2022.