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Location France, Alsace
Central coordinates 6o 56.00' East  47o 57.00' North
IBA criteria B2, B3, C6
Area 88,200 ha
Altitude 200 - 1,362m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux



Site description A large montane area encompassing broadleaved forest, heathlands, meadows, peatbogs, scree, rocky slopes and alpine grasslands.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for breeding raptors and other species associated with mountain habitats.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Hazel Grouse Bonasa bonasia breeding  1991  50-250 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Western Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus breeding  1991  80-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Falco peregrinus breeding  1991  10-12 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  B3, C6  Least Concern 
Boreal Owl Aegolius funereus breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius breeding  1991  50-250 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio breeding  1991  100-500 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Frankenthal-Missheimle National Nature Reserve 746 protected area contained by site 746  
FRN008 Biological Reserve 1,881 protected area contained by site 1,881  
Les Ballons Comtois Nature Reserve 2,259 protected area contained by site 2,259  
Massif du Ventron National Nature Reserve 1,647 protected area contained by site 1,647  
Tanet-Gazon du Faing National Nature Reserve 504 protected area contained by site 505  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  -
Shrubland Heathland  -
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland; Dry siliceous grassland; Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs; Scree & boulders  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Ruderal land  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
forestry 80%
hunting -
tourism/recreation 55%
urban/industrial/transport 20%
water management 5%
other -

Protection status National Low International None746 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Frankental-Missheimle, 746 ha). 505 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Le Tanet-Gazon du Faing, 505 ha). 1,647 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Massif du Ventron, 1,647 ha). 145 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Tourbière de Machais, 145 ha). 1,881 ha of IBA covered by Biological State Reserve (1,881 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Massif des Vosges: Hautes Vosges. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/05/2015

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