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Location France, Centre
Central coordinates 1o 25.00' East  47o 37.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 22,200 ha
Altitude 60 - 78m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description The site includes a river, ponds, wet meadows, riverine forest, hedgerows and abandoned fields.

Key Biodiversity This site important for the tern colonies which breed on alluvial islands in the river.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  1991  40-55 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons breeding  1991  20-36 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
FRN053 Hunting Reserve 0 protected area contained by site 0  
VALLEE DE LA LOIRE DE MOSNES A TAVERS - FR2400565 Habitats Directive 2,278 protected area overlaps with site 11,414  
VALLEE DE LA LOIRE DU LOIR-ET-CHER - FR2410001 Birds Directive 2,398 protected area overlaps with site 12,497  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  -
Grassland Humid grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  -
Artificial - terrestrial Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Ruderal land  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
hunting -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -
water management -

Protection status National Low International None1.2 km of river in IBA covered by Hunting Reserve (1.2 km).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Vallée de la Loire : environs de Blois. Downloaded from on 31/03/2015

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