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Location France, Champagne-Ardenne
Central coordinates 4o 31.00' East  49o 24.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, C3, C4, C6
Area 18,800 ha
Altitude 60 - 130m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description A valley with deciduous woodland, rivers, meadows, arable land, hedges, ponds and gravel-pits.

Key Biodiversity The site holds 20,000 or more waterbirds on passage, on a regular basis.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Northern Pintail Anas acuta passage  1991  300-1,200 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata passage  1991  150-800 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Red Kite Milvus milvus breeding  1991  6-10 breeding pairs  C6  Near Threatened 
Circus cyaneus breeding  1991  6-8 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1994  9 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus passage  1991  20,000-80,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis breeding  1991  20-50 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio breeding  1991  50-150 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Bluethroat Luscinia svecica breeding  1991  2-6 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  1991  50,000-99,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii, C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Confluence des vallées de l'Aisne et de l'Aire - FR2112006 Birds Directive 2,142 protected area contained by site 2,142  
PRAIRIES DE LA VALLEE DE L'AISNE - FR2100298 Habitats Directive 4,242 protected area contained by site 4,242  
Vallée de l'Aisne à Mouron - FR2112008 Birds Directive 385 protected area contained by site 385  
Vallée de l'Aisne en aval de Ch Birds Directive 1,448 protected area contained by site 1,448  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  -
Grassland Humid grasslands  17%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  6%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  74%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 85%
fisheries/aquaculture -
forestry 5%
hunting 90%
urban/industrial/transport -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Vallée de l'Aisne. Downloaded from on 18/04/2015

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