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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.

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)  
CHAUMES DU HOHNECK, KASTELBERG, RAINKOPF, ET CHARLEMAGNE - FR4100203 Habitats Directive 210 protected area contained by site 210  
ETANGS ET VALLEES DU TERRITOIRE DE BELFORT - FR4301350 Habitats Directive 5,114 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
ETANGS ET VALLEES DU TERRITOIRE DE BELFORT - FR4312019 Birds Directive 5,114 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
FORETS ET RUISSEAUX DU PIEMONT VOSGIEN DANS LE TERRITOIRE DE BELFORT - FR4301348 Habitats Directive 4,393 protected area contained by site 4,393  
FORETS, LANDES ET MARAIS DES BALLONS D'ALSACE ET DE SERVANCE - FR4301347 Habitats Directive 2,483 protected area contained by site 2,483  
Frankenthal-Missheimle National Nature Reserve 746 protected area contained by site 746  
FRN008 Biological Reserve 1,881 protected area contained by site 1,881  
HAUTES VOSGES - FR4201807 Habitats Directive 9,002 protected area overlaps with site 6,443  
HAUTES-VOSGES, HAUT-RHIN - FR4211807 Birds Directive 23,680 protected area overlaps with site 14,595  
Les Ballons Comtois Nature Reserve 2,259 protected area contained by site 2,259  
MASSIF DE HAUTE MEURTHE, DEFILE DE STRAITURE - FR4100198 Habitats Directive 959 protected area contained by site 959  
MASSIF DE SAINT MAURICE ET BUSSANG - FR4100199 Habitats Directive 686 protected area contained by site 686  
MASSIF DU GRAND VENTRON - FR4100196 Habitats Directive 944 protected area contained by site 944  
Massif du Ventron National Nature Reserve 1,647 protected area contained by site 1,647  
MASSIF VOSGIEN - FR4112003 Birds Directive 26,413 protected area overlaps with site 8,986  
MINES DE MAIRELLES, DE CHATEAU LAMBERT, RESEAU JEAN ANTOINE, SECTEUR LE THILLOT - FR4100175 Habitats Directive 6 protected area contained by site 6  
RESERVE NATURELLE DES BALLONS COMTOIS EN FRANCHE-COMTE - FR4312004 Birds Directive 2,062 protected area contained by site 2,062  
RUISSEAU ET TOURBIERE DE BELBRIETTE - FR4100243 Habitats Directive 19 protected area contained by site 19  
SECTEUR DU TANET GAZON DU FAING - FR4100204 Habitats Directive 538 protected area contained by site 538  
Site à chauves-souris des Vosges haut-rhinoises - FR4202004 Habitats Directive 6,231 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Tanet-Gazon du Faing National Nature Reserve 504 protected area contained by site 505  
TOURBIERE DE LISPACH - FR4100205 Habitats Directive 11 protected area contained by site 11  
TOURBIERE DE MACHAIS ET CIRQUE DE BLANCHEMER - FR4100206 Habitats Directive 210 protected area contained by site 210  
VALLEE DE LA MEURTHE du collet de la Schlucht au Rudlin - FR4100239 Habitats Directive 119 protected area contained by site 119  
VOSGES DU SUD - FR4202002 Habitats Directive 5,106 protected area contained by site 5,106  

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 (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Massif des Vosges: Hautes Vosges. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 31/08/2014

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