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Location France, Auvergne
Central coordinates 3o 24.00' East  46o 28.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C6
Area 17,900 ha
Altitude 200 m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description The River Allier with alluvial sand beaches and islets, marshes, ponds, riverine forest and arable fields.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for wintering waterfowl. Sterna hirundo and S. albifrons breed on natural gravel islets. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria; Aythya nyroca (passage, wintering); Haliaeetus albicilla (passage, wintering); Tetrax tetrax (passage).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus winter  1991  15 individuals  B2  Least Concern 
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax breeding  1991  210-250 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Egretta garzetta breeding  1991  20-35 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Circus cyaneus breeding  1991  5-10 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1991  5-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Milvus migrans breeding  1991  20-40 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Common Crane Grus grus passage  1997  1,000-10,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Burhinus oedicnemus breeding  1991  50-200 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  1991  50-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons breeding  1991  20-40 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis breeding  1991  15-30 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Val d'Allier National Nature Reserve 1,450 protected area contained by site 1,450  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  -
Shrubland Heathland  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  -

Land use

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

Protection status National Partial International Partial1,450 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Val d'Allier, 1,450 ha). 1,300 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Val d'Allier, 1,300 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Val d'Allier Bourbonnais. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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