Lagoa de Pedra Badejo

lagoas de Pedra Badejo

Lagoa de Pedra Badejo

  • Country: 
    Cabo Verde
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  • Area: 
    666.1 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    15°05'N 23°32'W
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Lagoas de Pedra Badejo (Lagoons of Pedra Badejo) is located on Santiago Island. The Ramsar Site is made up of two coastal lagoons on the adjacent estuaries of two watercourses and the entire basin of one of the watercourses as far as and including the Poilão reservoir. The lagoons are of great ecological value for birds as they contain fresh or only slightly brackish water. Since it was flooded, the reservoir has also become an exceptional area for migratory waterbirds and species endemic to Cabo Verde such as the Cape Verde heron (Ardea purpurea bournei) and the Cape Verde warbler (Acrocephalus brevipennis). Waders such as black-winged stilt (Himantopus himantopus) and the Kentish plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) breed here. The beaches provide important nesting sites for loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) and feeding grounds for seabirds. Between the beach and the lagoons, characteristic vegetation can be found, including Zygophyllum species, while inland the invasive mesquite Prosopis juliflora is predominant.

Administrative region: 
Island of Santiago

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