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Location France, Alsace
Central coordinates 7o 28.00' East  48o 13.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B3, C3, C4, C6
Area 10,100 ha
Altitude 170 m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description This site contains wet grassland, peatbogs, deciduous woodlands, Populus grove, rivers, riverine forest, arable land and bocage.

Key Biodiversity The site holds 20,000 or more waterbirds in winter, on a regular basis.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bean Goose Anser fabalis winter  1991  750-5,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  B3, C6  Least Concern 
Milvus migrans breeding  1991  15-20 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Leiopicus medius breeding  1991  40-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1991  25,750-40,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii, C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
FR088 Private Reserve 23 protected area contained by site 23  
Ill Wald Voluntary Nature Reserve 1,800 protected area contained by site 1,799  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland  -
Grassland Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  -
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
forestry -
hunting -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -

Protection status National Partial International None1,799 ha of IBA covered by Voluntary Nature Reserve (l'Ill Wald, 1,799 ha). 23 ha of IBA covered by Private Reserve (23 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Ried de Colmar et Sélestat. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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