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Location France, Centre
Central coordinates 2o 14.00' East  47o 42.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, C3, C6
Area 7,750 ha
Altitude 100 - 110m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description The site includes rivers, ponds, natural sandy islets and riverine forest.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for breeding terns.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo winter  1997  500-2,224 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Milvus migrans breeding  1991  8-10 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus breeding  1996  14-27 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  1991  192-204 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons breeding  1991  116-118 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
FRN066 Hunting Reserve 899 protected area contained by site 899  
Saint-Mesmin National Nature Reserve 263 protected area contained by site 20  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  100%

Land use

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

Protection status National Partial International None899 ha of IBA covered by 6 Hunting Reserves (total area 899 ha). 20 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Ile de Saint-Pryvé-Saint-Mesmin, 20 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Vallée de la Loire : Orléanais. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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