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Location France, Champagne-Ardenne
Central coordinates 4o 56.00' East  48o 58.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 44,100 ha
Altitude 110 - 250m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux



Site description Lakes with marshes, surrounded by woodlands, wet meadows, grassland and arable land.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for birds breeding in reedbeds (Phragmites) and forests. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (passage); Haliaeetus albicilla (passage, wintering); Crex crex (breeding).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  1991  6-15 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris breeding  1991  8-12 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus breeding  1991  20-30 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Red Kite Milvus milvus breeding  1991  6-10 breeding pairs  C6  Near Threatened 
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus breeding  1991  12-15 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Circus cyaneus breeding  1991  6-10 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus breeding  1991  1-3 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Milvus migrans breeding  1991  12-15 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis breeding  1991  8-15 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Picus canus breeding  1991  4-15 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius breeding  1991  10-15 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Leiopicus medius breeding  1991  15-30 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Etangs de Champagne humide: CA02+CA05 Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 135,000 protected area overlaps with site 44,100  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  46%
Grassland Humid grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  5%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  44%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 42%
fisheries/aquaculture 4%
forestry 48%
hunting 95%
urban/industrial/transport 2%

Protection status National None International High44,100 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Etangs de Champagne humide, 135,000 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Etangs d'Argonne. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 01/09/2015

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