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Location France, Poitou-Charentes
Central coordinates 0o 4.00' West  45o 46.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, C1, C6
Area 4,650 ha
Altitude 35 - 80m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description A river valley with wet meadows, Populus plantations and arable fields.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  1991  1-10 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1996  27-35 breeding pairs  A1, C1, C6  Least Concern 
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2013 very high very unfavourable low

Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - agro-industry farming happening now whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration very high
Agricultural expansion and intensification wood and pulp plantations (includes afforestation) - agro-industry plantations happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Grassland Mesophile grasslands  0 0 poor (40-69%) poor (40-69%) very unfavourable

Crex crex Corncrake 35 0 breeding pairs 0 very unfavourable

Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species)  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
COTEAUX CALCAIRES ENTRE LES BOUCHAUDS ET MARSAC - FR5400405 Habitats Directive 222 protected area overlaps with site 14  
Prairie de St-Yrieix Site with preservation order 30 protected area contained by site 30  
VALLEE DE LA CHARENTE EN AMONT D'ANGOULEMES - FR5412006 Birds Directive 4,018 protected area overlaps with site 3,068  
Vallée de la Charente entre Angoulème et Cognac et ses principaux affluents (SOLOIRE, BOEME, ECHELLE) - FR5402009 Habitats Directive 5,373 protected area is adjacent to site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  -

Land use

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

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Vallée de la Charente : amont d'Angoulême. Downloaded from on 30/03/2015

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