Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin - Baie des Veys

Quick facts

  • Natura 2000 site (code FR2500088)
  • Under Habitats Directive
  • Since March 1999
  • Country: France
  • Administrative region: Basse-Normandie (FR25)
  • Surface area: 330 km2 (32974.00 ha)
  • Marine area: 14%
  • Located in Atlantic biogeographical region
  • It protects 21 species of the Nature Directives
  • It protects 30 habitat types of the Habitats Directive

Source and more information: Natura 2000 Standard Data Form



Species summary

Nature directives' species in this site (21)
Species group Number
Amphibians 1
Fishes 5
Flowering Plants 2
Invertebrates 6
Mammals 7

Habitat types

Habitat type code Habitat type english name Cover [ha]
1110 Sandbanks which are slightly covered by sea water all the time 1081.55
1130 Estuaries 13.19
1140 Mudflats and sandflats not covered by seawater at low tide 1182
1150 Coastal lagoons 292.7
1170 Reefs 419
1210 Annual vegetation of drift lines 84
1310 Salicornia and other annuals colonizing mud and sand 83
1330 Atlantic salt meadows (Glauco-Puccinellietalia maritimae) 292.7
1410 Mediterranean salt meadows (Juncetalia maritimi) 2.93
1420 Mediterranean and thermo-Atlantic halophilous scrubs (Sarcocornetea fruticosi) 0.2
2110 Embryonic shifting dunes 3.3
2120 Shifting dunes along the shoreline with Ammophila arenaria ('white dunes') 39.57
2130 Fixed coastal dunes with herbaceous vegetation ('grey dunes') 3.3
2170 Dunes with Salix repens ssp argentea (Salicion arenariae) 292.7
2190 Humid dune slacks 1.3
3110 Oligotrophic waters containing very few minerals of sandy plains (Littorelletalia uniflorae) 52.76
3130 Oligotrophic to mesotrophic standing waters with vegetation of the Littorelletea uniflorae and/or of the Isoeto-Nanojuncetea 1
3140 Hard oligo-mesotrophic waters with benthic vegetation of Chara spp 9.89
3150 Natural eutrophic lakes with Magnopotamion or Hydrocharition -type vegetation 98.92
3160 Natural dystrophic lakes and ponds 292.7
3260 Water courses of plain to montane levels with the Ranunculion fluitantis and Callitricho-Batrachion vegetation 0.6
6210 Semi-natural dry grasslands and scrubland facies on calcareous substrates (Festuco-Brometalia) (* important orchid sites) 3.3
6410 Molinia meadows on calcareous, peaty or clayey-silt-laden soils (Molinion caeruleae) 2321.37
6430 Hydrophilous tall herb fringe communities of plains and of the montane to alpine levels 138.49
6510 Lowland hay meadows (Alopecurus pratensis, Sanguisorba officinalis) 738.62
7110 Active raised bogs 16.49
7140 Transition mires and quaking bogs 292.7
7150 Depressions on peat substrates of the Rhynchosporion 3.3
7210 Calcareous fens with Cladium mariscus and species of the Caricion davallianae 39.57
7230 Alkaline fens 537.48

Designation information

NATURA 2000 is the ecological network for the conservation of wild animals and plant species and natural habitats of Community importance within the Union. It consists of sites classified under the Birds Directive and the Habitats Directive (the Nature Directives).

NATURA 2000 site under

Birds Directive 2009/147/EC (SPA) Not under Birds directive
Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC (SCI) Under Habitats directive
  • Date proposed as Site of Community Importance (SCI)
March 1999
  • Date confirmed as Site of Community Importance
January 2021
Date designated as Special Area of Conservation (SAC) August 2016
Date of Standard data form update July 2019

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