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Location France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Central coordinates 5o 12.00' East  43o 48.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, C3, C6
Area 6,000 ha
Altitude 20 - 255m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux



Site description The site includes a river, ponds, riverine vegetation, woodlands, dry meadows and abandoned fields.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  1991  15 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Egretta garzetta breeding  1991  50 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax breeding  1991  170 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo winter  1991  3,000-4,000 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Black Kite Milvus migrans breeding  1991  50-60 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  1991  50 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis breeding  1991  50 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla breeding  1991  10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
FR262 Hunting Reserve 35 protected area contained by site 35  
FR262 Private Reserve 15 protected area contained by site 15  
LA DURANCE - FR9301589 Habitats Directive 15,954 protected area overlaps with site 5,672  
La Durance - FR9312003 Birds Directive 20,008 protected area overlaps with site 5,673  
LE RHONE AVAL - FR9301590 Habitats Directive 12,606 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Massif du Petit Luberon - FR9310075 Birds Directive 17,049 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
MONTAGNE SAINTE VICTOIRE - FORET DE PEYROLLES - MONTAGNE DES UBACS - MONTAGNE D'ARTIGUES - FR9301605 Habitats Directive 29,336 protected area is adjacent to site 0  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland  -
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing brackish and salt water; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Artificial - terrestrial Other urban and industrial areas; Ruderal land  -

Land use

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

Protection status National Low International None35 ha of IBA covered by Hunting Reserve (35 ha). 15 ha of IBA covered by Private Reserve (15 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Basse Vallée de la Durance. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/07/2014

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