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Location France, Basse-Normandie
Central coordinates 0o 51.00' East  48o 31.00' North
IBA criteria B2, B3, C6
Area 50,850 ha
Altitude 200 - 273m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description An area of deciduous and conifer forests, ponds, rivers, marshes, aquatic vegetation, meadows, and hedgerows.

Key Biodiversity The site is of special interest for forest and wetland species.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus breeding  1991  50-100 breeding pairs  B3, C6  Least Concern 
Circus cyaneus breeding  1991  1-10 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Picus canus breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Wood Lark Lullula arborea breeding  1991  10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
ARC FORESTIER DU PERCHE D'EURE-ET-LOIR - FR2400550 Habitats Directive 522 protected area overlaps with site 493  
CUESTA CENOMANIENNE DU PERCHE D'EURE-ET-LOIR - FR2400551 Habitats Directive 350 protected area overlaps with site 75  
Forêts et étangs du Perche - FR2512004 Birds Directive 47,681 protected area overlaps with site 42,889  
FORETS, ETANGS ET TOURBIERES DU HAUT-PERCHE - FR2500106 Habitats Directive 3,675 protected area overlaps with site 3,146  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  -
Shrubland Heathland  -
Grassland Humid grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  -

Land use

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

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Forêts du Perche. Downloaded from on 26/12/2014

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