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Location France, Picardie
Central coordinates 3o 4.00' East  49o 14.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 27,650 ha
Altitude 70 - 240m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux



Site description The site includes deciduous and conifer forests, rivers, ponds, marshes, riverine forest and wet meadows.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus breeding  1991  20 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius breeding  1991  40 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Leiopicus medius breeding  1991  20 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
COTEAUX DE LA VALLEE DE L'AUTOMNE - FR2200566 Habitats Directive 623 protected area overlaps with site 145  
MASSIF FORESTIER DE RETZ - FR2200398 Habitats Directive 848 protected area contained by site 848  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Native coniferous woodland  91%
Grassland Humid grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  5%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 25%
fisheries/aquaculture -
forestry 80%
hunting 100%
tourism/recreation 100%
urban/industrial/transport -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Forêts picardes : massif de Retz. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/10/2014

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