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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  Near Threatened 
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   


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 and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Vallée de l'Aisne. Downloaded from on 28/11/2015

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