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Location France, Poitou-Charentes
Central coordinates 0o 40.00' West  45o 46.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, B3, C1, C2, C6
Area 8,300 ha
Altitude 3 - 50m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description An area of wet meadows, bogs and marshes, with riverine forest and Populus plantations.

Key Biodiversity The site is of national importance for breeding Crex crex.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Kite Milvus migrans breeding  1997  30-40 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1997  60-65 breeding pairs  A1, B2, C1, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Spotted Crake Porzana porzana breeding  1991  5-10 breeding pairs  B3, C6  Least Concern 
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis breeding  1996  20-30 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Acquisitions LPO Private Reserve 12 protected area contained by site 12  
ESTUAIRE ET BASSE VALLEE DE LA CHARENTE - FR5412025 Birds Directive 10,700 protected area overlaps with site 2,365  
Moyenne vallée de la Charente et Seugnes et Coran - FR5400472 Habitats Directive 7,106 protected area overlaps with site 4,450  
VALLEE DE LA CHARENTE (basse vallée) - FR5400430 Habitats Directive 10,723 protected area overlaps with site 2,365  
VALLEE DE LA CHARENTE MOYENNE ET SEUGNES - FR5412005 Birds Directive 7,087 protected area overlaps with site 4,450  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  -
Grassland Humid grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Water fringe vegetation  -
Artificial - terrestrial Perennial crops, orchards and groves  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
hunting -
urban/industrial/transport -

Protection status National None International Partial250 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Marais de Fouras, Baie d'Yves et Marais de Rochefort, 11,676 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Vallée de la Charente et de la Seugne (Cabariot-Pons/St-Sever-de-Saintonge). Downloaded from on 05/05/2015

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