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Location France, Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Central coordinates 3o 26.00' East  50o 26.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, C3, C6
Area 11,150 ha
Altitude 15 - 35m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux



Site description The site includes the Escaut and Scarpe Rivers and valleys where human activities include arable farming, cattle-farming, fishing, tourism, recreation and hunting.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata passage  1997  50-500 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  1991  4-10 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus breeding  1991  5-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus breeding  1991  3-8 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  1991  10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis breeding  1991  10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius breeding  1991  5 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Bluethroat Luscinia svecica breeding  1991  100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
FORETS DE RAISMES / SAINT AMAND / WALLERS ET MARCHIENNES ET PLAINE ALLUVIALE DE LA SCARPE - FR3100507 Habitats Directive 1,927 protected area overlaps with site 1,018  
Vallée de la Scarpe et de l'Escaut - FR3112005 Birds Directive 13,028 protected area overlaps with site 7,255  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland  -
Grassland Humid grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
forestry -
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: Vallées de la Scarpe et de l'Escaut. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/10/2014

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