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Location France, Centre
Central coordinates 1o 13.00' East  46o 45.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B1iv, B2, C2, C3, C4, C6
Area 22,000 ha
Altitude 100 m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux



Site description The site includes ponds, marshes, reedbeds (Phragmites), wet grasslands, deciduous woodland, heathland, hedgerows and bocage.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Gadwall Mareca strepera winter  1997  33-818 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Gadwall Mareca strepera passage  1997  100-300 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata winter  1997  259-1,427 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata passage  1997  600 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Common Pochard Aythya ferina winter  1997  540-5,137 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Common Pochard Aythya ferina passage  1997  1,000-4,000 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  1995  8-12 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Egretta garzetta breeding  1997  15-20 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris breeding  1997  30-35 breeding pairs  B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax breeding  1994  35-45 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea breeding  1994  150 breeding pairs  C2, C6  Least Concern 
European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus breeding  1991  8-15 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Black Kite Milvus migrans breeding  1991  15-20 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus breeding  1991  55-60 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus passage  1997  500-5,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Burhinus oedicnemus breeding  1991  10-15 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Himantopus himantopus breeding  1995  6-7 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida breeding  1996  650-670 breeding pairs  A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida passage  1996  1,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Black Tern Chlidonias niger breeding  1996  7-8 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  1991  15-25 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis breeding  1991  50-75 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio breeding  1991  50-75 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1997  20,000-49,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii, C4   
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  1997  20,000-49,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii, C4   
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes passage  1997  3,000 individuals  B1iv   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
BRENNE - FR2410003 Birds Directive 58,311 protected area contains site 22,000  
Chérine National Nature Reserve 145 protected area contained by site 145  
FRN057 Hunting Reserve 112 protected area contained by site 112  
GRANDE BRENNE - FR2400534 Habitats Directive 58,052 protected area contains site 22,000  
La Brenne Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 140,000 protected area contains site 22,000  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland  -
Shrubland Heathland  -
Grassland Dry siliceous grassland  -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
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 -

Protection status National Low International High145 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Chérine, 145 ha). 112 ha of IBA covered by Hunting Reserve (112 ha). 22,000 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (La Brenne, 140,000 ha). 145 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Brenne: Marais de Chérine, 145 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Brenne centrale. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/08/2014

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