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Location France, Aquitaine
Central coordinates 0o 23.00' West  44o 15.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iv, B1i, B1iv, C2, C5, C6
Area 12,200 ha
Altitude 103 - 126m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description The site consists of heathland and grassland, arable land and woodland.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for passage and wintering Grus grus and breeding raptors. The site is a major migratory bottleneck, where more than 20,000 Grus grus regularly pass.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Short-toed Snake-eagle Circaetus gallicus breeding  1990  1-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus winter  1990  500-2,200 individuals  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus passage  1990  20,000-30,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata breeding  1990  10-100 breeding pairs  C6  Near Threatened 
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes passage  1990  20,000-30,000 individuals  A4iv, B1iv, C5   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
CHAMP DE TIR DE CAPTIEUX - FR7200723 Habitats Directive 9,284 protected area contained by site 9,284  
Champ de tir du Poteau - FR7210078 Birds Directive 12,277 protected area contained by site 11,217  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  -
Shrubland Heathland; Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  -
Grassland Humid grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
hunting -
urban/industrial/transport -
other -
military -

Protection status National None International Partial10,200 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Champ de tir du Poteau, 10,200 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Champ de Tir du Poteau. Downloaded from on 03/05/2015

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