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Location France, Lorraine
Central coordinates 5o 44.00' East  48o 54.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 1,730 ha
Altitude 225 - 350m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description A lake with reedbeds (Phragmites), wet meadows, and alluvial forests.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for breeding and wintering waterbirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (passage); Haliaeetus albicilla (wintering).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Red Kite Milvus milvus breeding  1991  3-10 breeding pairs  C6  Near Threatened 
Milvus migrans breeding  1991  15-30 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
FR078 Hunting Reserve 1,100 protected area contained by site 1,100  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  12%
Grassland Humid grasslands  5%
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  82%
Artificial - terrestrial Perennial crops, orchards and groves  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
forestry -
tourism/recreation -

Protection status National Partial International Partial1,100 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Etangs de la Woëvre: Etang de Madine, 1,100 ha). 1,100 ha of IBA covered by Hunting Reserve (1,100 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Etangs de la Woëvre: lac de Madine. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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