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Location France, Lorraine
Central coordinates 5o 38.00' East  49o 24.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, B3, C2, C6
Area 16,900 ha
Altitude 205 - 396m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description The site includes cereal fields, woodlots, deciduous woodlands, rivers, bocage and abandoned fields.

Key Biodiversity This site is important for species breeding in forest and agricultural habitats.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  B3, C6  Least Concern 
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1991  27 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus passage  1991  4,000 individuals  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius breeding  1991  1-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  10%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Ruderal land  87%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 90%
fisheries/aquaculture -
forestry 10%
hunting 75%
urban/industrial/transport -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Val de Chiers et environs de Spincourt. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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