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Location France, Centre
Central coordinates 1o 19.00' East  46o 34.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 12,560 ha
Altitude 135 m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description An area of deciduous woodland, ponds, heathland, wet grassland and bocage.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for forest, heathland and wetland birds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax breeding  1991  5 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus breeding  1991  10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Circus cyaneus breeding  1991  10 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1991  5 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
La Brenne Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 140,000 protected area contained by site 12,560  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  -
Shrubland Heathland  -
Grassland Humid grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater  -
Artificial - terrestrial Perennial crops, orchards and groves  -

Land use

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

Protection status National None International High12,560 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (La Brenne, 140,000 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Brenne: Forêt de la Petite-Brenne. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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