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Location France, Centre
Central coordinates 1o 20.00' East  47o 44.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, B2, C2, C6
Area 52,200 ha
Altitude 80 - 130m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description Arable land with dry calcareous grasslands and scrub, deciduous woodlands, ponds and aquatic vegetation.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for species associated with open agricultural landscapes and grassland.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Circus cyaneus breeding  1991  52 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1991  8 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Burhinus oedicnemus breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria passage  1991  1,000-10,000 individuals  B1i, C2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Vallées de Grand Pierre et Vitain National Nature Reserve 296 protected area contained by site 296  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved evergreen woodland  -
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  -

Land use

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

Protection status National Low International None296 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Grand-Pierre et Vitain, 296 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Petite Beauce. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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