Banc d’Arguin National Park on the Mauritanian coast is a jewel in West Africa’s conservation crown.
Vast mudflats, sand banks, seagrass meadows and mangroves support an abundance of life, sheltering over two million wintering shorebirds, of which a majority of waders from northern Europe, Siberia and Greenland.
A mild climate and minimal human disturbance make the park one of the most important sites in the world for different Palearctic and Afrotropical bird species. Huge flocks of waders coming from the North fly over the site during their migration and mix with other species which breed there, such as the Royal and Caspian tern, the Western Reef Heron, the Banc d’Arguin spoonbill and the Great white pelican.
Sea turtles and dolphins call it home, while several shark and ray species breed in the Banc d’Arguin.