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Location France, Centre
Central coordinates 1o 36.00' East  48o 14.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, B2, B3, C2, C6
Area 71,600 ha
Altitude 120 m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux



Site description Arable land with deciduous woodland, rivers, marshes, dry calcareous grassland and scrub.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for species breeding in agricultural habitats, such as Calandrella brachydactyla, and also wetlands.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus breeding  1991  6-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus breeding  1991  8-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Circus cyaneus breeding  1991  30-45 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1991  4-7 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Burhinus oedicnemus breeding  1991  10-20 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria passage  1991  1,000-10,000 individuals  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla breeding  1991  5-8 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Savi's Warbler Locustella luscinioides breeding  1991  1-10 breeding pairs  B3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Beauce et vallée de la Conie - FR2410002 Birds Directive 71,753 protected area overlaps with site 63,337  
VALLEE DU LOIR ET AFFLUENTS AUX ENVIRONS DE CHATEAUDUN - FR2400553 Habitats Directive 1,310 protected area overlaps with site 904  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  -
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Water fringe vegetation  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Ruderal land  70%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 70%
fisheries/aquaculture -
hunting -
urban/industrial/transport -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Vallée de la Conie et Beauce centrale. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/12/2014

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