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Location France, Lorraine
Central coordinates 5o 49.00' East  49o 1.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, C2, C6
Area 6,200 ha
Altitude 227 - 350m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description A lake with reedbeds (Phragmites), marshes, wet meadows and woodland.

Key Biodiversity Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (wintering).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris breeding  1991  4-6 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea breeding  1991  4-8 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus breeding  1991  10-15 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Milvus migrans breeding  1991  8-30 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Common Crane Grus grus passage  1991  5,000-10,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Etangs de la Petite Woëvre Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 5,300 protected area contained by site 5,300  
FR079 Private Reserve 400 protected area contained by site 400  


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 -
urban/industrial/transport -

Protection status National Low International Partial400 ha of IBA covered by Private Reserve (400 ha). 5,300 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Etangs de la Petite Woëvre, 5,300 ha). 368 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Etangs de la Woëvre: Etang de la Chaussée, 368 ha). 38 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Etangs de la Woëvre: Marais de Pagny, 38 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Etangs de la Woëvre: la Chaussée. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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