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Location France, Champagne-Ardenne
Central coordinates 4o 8.00' East  49o 38.00' North
IBA criteria A4iii, B3, C4, C6
Area 4,860 ha
Altitude 160 - 170m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux



Site description An area of meadows, rivers, ponds and gravel-pits, arable land and Populus groves.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for passage waterbirds and thrushes (Turdidae), and wintering waterbirds. The site holds 20,000 or more waterbirds on passage, on a regular basis (including Vanellus vanellus 20,000-50,000 individuals). Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex (10-15 passage individuals).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1991  5-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Fieldfare Turdus pilaris winter  1991  1,000 individuals  B3  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  1991  20,000-49,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii, C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Confluence des vallées de la Meuse et de la Chiers - FR2112004 Birds Directive 3,636 protected area contained by site 3,636  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands  12%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  7%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  81%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 90%
fisheries/aquaculture 5%
forestry 12%
hunting 90%
urban/industrial/transport -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Confluent des vallées de la Meuse et de la Chiers. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/12/2014

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