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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

Key Biodiversity The site is important for breeding herons and terns.

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 
Egretta garzetta breeding  1991  1-10 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
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 Sternula albifrons breeding  1991  1-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
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  
VALLEE DE LA LOIRE ENTRE DEVAY ET DIGOIN - FR2600967 Habitats Directive 2,974 protected area overlaps with site 2,677  


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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Vallée de la Loire: Pit majeur d'Iguerande à Décize. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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