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Location France, Poitou-Charentes
Central coordinates 0o 34.00' West  46o 24.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, B3, C1, C6
Area 12,500 ha
Altitude 30 - 70m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux



Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1991  40 breeding pairs  B3, C6  Least Concern 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax breeding  1996  100 breeding pairs  A1, B2, C1, C6  Near Threatened 
Burhinus oedicnemus breeding  1991  120 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Not Recognised 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
PLAINE DE NIORT NORD-OUEST - FR5412013 Birds Directive 17,040 protected area overlaps with site 11,687  
VALLEE DE L'AUTIZE - FR5400443 Habitats Directive 226 protected area overlaps with site 14  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  -

Land use

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

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Plaine de Niort (nord-ouest). Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/09/2014

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