Marais d'Orx et zones humides associées

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Marais d'Orx et zones humides associées

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  • Area: 
    962 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    43°35'N 01°23'W
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Marais d'Orx et zones humides associées. 27.10.11; Aquitaine; 962 ha; 43°35'52"N 001°23'50"W. Nature Reserve, Natura 2000 (SPA,SCI). Mainly consisting of lakes, ponds, marshlands, wet meadows and surrounded by a network of canals, this site has been restored after extensive drainage for agricultural purposes in the past. It now acts as an important stop-over and wintering site for numerous species of waterbirds and is one of the few nesting sites for Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia. The site is also important for a large number of insect, amphibian, reptile, fish and mammal species, including threatened species such as the European Eel Anguilla anguilla and the European Mink Mustela lutreola, both listed as critically endangered in the IUCN Red List. The site plays a major role in flood control. Human activities include recreation, agriculture and research. Educational activities are undertaken regularly and an exhibition explains the history and restoration of the site. Ramsar Site no. 1995. Most recent RIS information: 2012.

Administrative region: 
Région Aquitaine

  • National legal designation: 
    • Loi Littoral
    • Réserve Naturelle Nationale - Marais d’Orx
    • Zone de Protection Spéciale
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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