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Location France, Picardie
Central coordinates 2o 31.00' East  49o 54.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 6,900 ha
Altitude 5 m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description The area contains ponds, marshes, rivers with riverine forest, Populus plantations, wet meadows, bogs, arable fields and bocages.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for species that breed in reedbeds (Phragmites).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  1991  20-25 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris breeding  1997  10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus breeding  1991  20-23 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Bluethroat Luscinia svecica breeding  1991  20-25 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Boves Nature Reserve 13 protected area contained by site 13  
Canal de la Somme Hunting Reserve 0 protected area contained by site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  -
Grassland Humid grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Raised bogs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes; 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 Low International None13 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Boves, 13 ha). Part of IBA covered by Hunting Reserve (canal de la Somme).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Etangs et marais du bassin de la Somme. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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