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Location France, Auvergne
Central coordinates 3o 47.00' East  46o 30.00' North
IBA criteria A1, C1, C6
Area 29,800 ha
Altitude 222 - 238m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux



Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax breeding  1991  100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Little Egret Egretta garzetta breeding  1991  1-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax passage  1991  25-100 individuals  A1, C1  Near Threatened 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  1991  50-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sterna albifrons breeding  1991  1-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
LANDES SECHES ET MILIEUX TOURBEUX DU BOIS DU BREUIL - FR2601008 Habitats Directive 356 protected area overlaps with site 158  
Les Grands Verzianx Hunting Reserve 0 protected area contained by site 0  
VAL DE LOIRE DE IGUERANDE A DIGOIN - FR2600964 Habitats Directive 4,709 protected area contained by site 4,709  
VALLEE ALLUVIALE DE LA LOIRE - FR8301020 Habitats Directive 2,937 protected area overlaps with site 2,617  
Vallée de la Loire de Iguerande à Decize - FR2612002 Birds Directive 24,770 protected area overlaps with site 22,738  
VALLEE DE LA LOIRE ENTRE DEVAY ET DIGOIN - FR2600967 Habitats Directive 2,974 protected area overlaps with site 2,677  
VALLEE DE LA LOIRE ENTRE IMPHY ET DECIZE - FR2600966 Habitats Directive 1,798 protected area overlaps with site 101  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  -
Grassland Humid grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Shingle or stony beaches; Standing freshwater  -
Artificial - terrestrial Perennial crops, orchards and groves  -

Land use

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

Protection status National Partial International NonePart of IBA covered by Hunting Reserve (Les Grands Verziaux).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Vallée de la Loire: Pit majeur d'Iguerande à Décize. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/04/2014

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