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Location France, Limousin
Central coordinates 2o 18.00' East  46o 10.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, B1iv, C2, C6
Area 1,800 ha
Altitude 378 - 380m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux



Site description Lakes, marshes, and wet meadows, surrounded by woodland, hedges and cultivated land, and plains. Human activities include agriculture, stock-raising, fishing and hunting.

Key Biodiversity This wetland area is important for breeding waterbirds and passage storks, raptors and cranes. The site is a migratory bottleneck, where more than 3,000 Grus grus regularly pass.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea breeding  1989  30 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus passage  1989  1,000-10,000 individuals  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes passage  1989  3,000 individuals  B1iv   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
BASSIN DE GOUZON - FR7401124 Habitats Directive 740 protected area contained by site 740  
ETANG DES LANDES - FR7412002 Birds Directive 740 protected area contained by site 740  
Réserve Naturelle de l'étang des Landes Nature Reserve 166 protected area contained by site 166  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Mixed woodland  -
Grassland Humid grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  -

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 (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Etang des Landes. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/12/2014

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