Bassin d'Arcachon - Secteur du delta de la Leyre

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Bassin d'Arcachon - Secteur du delta de la Leyre

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  • Area: 
    5,175 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    44°39'N 01°01'W
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Bassin d'Arcachon - Secteur du delta de la Leyre. 27/10/11; Aquitaine; 5,175 ha; 44°39'52"N 001°01'51"W. Natura 2000 (SPA, SIC). Covering a substantial part of the delta, the site is important for many species dependent on the intertidal zone such as threatened fish species. The mosaic of habitats, also including seasonally flooded forests, meadows, salt marshes and fish ponds, acts as a stop-over and wintering site for migratory bird species, many of them protected on a European level. It offers habitat for numerous species of insects, reptiles and mammals, some of them threatened globally. Luscinia svecica namnetum, a species of Bluethroat endemic to the French Atlantic coast, also occurs here. The site is important in flood regulation and acts as a buffer zone between Arcachon Bay and its watershed. The Ornithological Park 'Le Teich' forms part of the site, contributing to its popularity as a tourist destination. Further human uses include aquaculture, salt production, agriculture and hunting. The abandonment of traditional management practices, the related overgrowth with invasive species, water pollution and siltation threaten the site. Ramsar Site no. 1996. Most recent RIS information: 2011.

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  • National legal designation: 
    • Conservatoire du Littoral - Domaine de Certes ; Graveyron ; Port des Tuiles ; Fleury-Delta de Leyre ; Ile de Malprat
    • Espace Naturel Sensible du Département de la Gironde - Domaine de Certes
    • Réserve de Chasse Maritime
    • Site Classé - Domaine de Graveyron
    • Site Inscrit - Par cet bois du Château de Certes, Val de l’Eyre, Château de Ruat, parc et dépendances
    • Zone de Protection Spéciale - Bassin d’Arcachon, embouchure de la Leyre
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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