Les Minquiers, Jersey
- Country:United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
- Site number:1456
- Area:9,575 ha
- Designation date:02-02-2005
- Coordinates:48°58'N 02°07'W
Les Minquiers, Jersey. 02/02/05; Bailiwick of Jersey; 9,575 ha; 48°58'N 002°07'W. An extensive shoal area lying 34 km due south from the Channel Island of Jersey. At high tide only rocky heads and a small supralittoral area are exposed. At low tide various habitats are uncovered exposed, including reefs, boulder fields, sandy shores and shingle banks. The areas of shallow water and the large number of intertidal channels and pools within the site provide habitat for many species of fish, sponge and ascidian communities. Likewise the rich infaunal communities of the mud and sand flats are important for their range of mollusc and worm species. The combination of biogeographic location, the strong tidal streams, a wide variety of wave energy conditions and physical features provide ideal conditions for the support of a wide diversity of organisms and enhance biodisparity. Different locations within the site support a number of species of wintering and passage waders and wildfowl with feeding and roosting locations. Fishing within the site is of great cultural, social and traditional importance to the population of Jersey. Ramsar site no. 1456. Most recent RIS information: 2005.
- Last publication date:02-02-2005