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Location France, Alsace
Central coordinates 7o 34.00' East  47o 49.00' North
IBA criteria A4iii, B1i, B2, C3, C4, C6
Area 5,690 ha
Altitude 220 m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description An area of rivers, riverine forest, deciduous woodland, heathland, marsh, reedbed (Phragmites) and arable land.

Key Biodiversity The site holds 20,000 or more waterbirds in winter, on a regular basis (including Anas platyrhynchos 12,000; Aythya ferina 3,000; Aythya fuligula 3,500; Fulica atra 3,000; Larus ridibundus 10,000). Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (1-10 passage individuals).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Gadwall Mareca strepera winter  1991  200-500 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Milvus migrans breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Picus canus breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Leiopicus medius breeding  1991  10-100 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  20,000-49,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii, C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
FRN005 Hunting Reserve 2,000 protected area contained by site 2,000  
Petite Camargue Alsacienne National Nature Reserve 904 protected area contained by site 120  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland  10%
Shrubland Heathland  -
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Water fringe vegetation  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas; Ruderal land  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 10%
fisheries/aquaculture -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport 50%
water management -

Protection status National Partial International None120 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Petite Camargue Alsacienne, 120 ha). 2,000 ha of IBA covered by Hunting Reserve (2,000 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Vallée du Rhin : Village-neuf à Biescheim. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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