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Location France, Lorraine
Central coordinates 5o 28.00' East  49o 1.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, C1, C6
Area 18,100 ha
Altitude 165 - 256m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description The site includes wet meadows, a river, alluvial forest, marshes and aquatic vegetation.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for species associated with wet meadows.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus breeding  1991  5-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1993  25 breeding pairs  A1, C1, C6  Least Concern 
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Picus canus breeding  1991  1-10 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
CORRIDOR DE LA MEUSE - FR4100171 Habitats Directive 12,705 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
La Meuse et ses annexes hydrauliques - FR4102001 Habitats Directive 582 protected area contained by site 582  
PELOUSES ET MILIEUX CAVERNICOLES DE LA VALLEE DE LA CHIERS ET DE L'OTHAIN, BUXAIE DE MONTMEDY - FR4100155 Habitats Directive 314 protected area overlaps with site 84  
PELOUSES ET VALLONS FORESTIERS DE CHAUVONCOURT - FR4100153 Habitats Directive 289 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
PELOUSES, FORET ET FORT DE PAGNY-LA-BLANCHE-COTE - FR4100154 Habitats Directive 141 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
VALLEE DE LA MEUSE - FR4112008 Birds Directive 13,562 protected area overlaps with site 9,801  
VALLEE DE LA MEUSE (secteur de Stenay) - FR4100234 Habitats Directive 2,338 protected area overlaps with site 1,983  
VALLEE DE LA MEUSE (secteur de Stenay) - FR4112005 Birds Directive 2,338 protected area overlaps with site 1,983  
VALLEE DE LA MEUSE (secteur Sorcy Saint-Martin) - FR4100236 Habitats Directive 1,911 protected area overlaps with site 1,542  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   -
Grassland Humid grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Water fringe vegetation  5%

Land use

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

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Vallée de la Meuse. Downloaded from on 19/04/2015

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