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JP011Notsuke, Odaitou

Site Description

Coastline ;Wetlands

The site includes open water (4,800 ha), salt marsh vegetation of sand and mud, coastal sandy vegetation with Elymus mollis, coastal sand hill vegetation, forests, lakes, wetland, sphagnum wetland and peatland vegetation.

Notsuke Peninsula is the largest coastal sand dune which was created by sand and mud washed up by ocean currents. Most parts of the peninsula are coastal sandhill grassland and salt marsh, but also there are forests and fresh water lakes, creating various kinds of vegetations.

The Bay of Notsuke, is shallow and has aquatic plants such as Zostera marina, so the area is very important for birds such as waterfowl, shorebirds, and this area is also important for fishery.

Area & Coordinates

8,300ha 43°35′N 145°16′E
region: Hokkaido


A1, A3, A4i

Designation Type

Wildlife Protection Area (government), Prefectural National Park, Ramsar Site

Protection Status


Conservation issues


Breeding resident

Larus schistisagus, Haliaeetus albicilla, Certhia familiaris, Parus palustris

Breeding visitor

Tringa totanus, Gallinago hardwickii, Grus japonensis, Luscinia calliope

Winter visitor

Cygnus cygnus, Pinicola enucleator, Clangula hyemalis, Plectrophenax nivalis

Passage visitor

Tringa nebularia, Phalaropus lobatus, Branta bernicla, Aythya marila




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