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Location France, Picardie
Central coordinates 3o 49.00' East  49o 38.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 4,950 ha
Altitude 66 - 75m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux



Site description The site includes marshes, ponds, wet meadows, alluvial forests, bogs, arable fields and hedgerows.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  1991  6-10 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris breeding  1991  8-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus breeding  1991  12 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Marais de la Souche - FR2212006 Birds Directive 2,410 protected area overlaps with site 2,220  
MARAIS DE LA SOUCHE ET FORET DE SAMOUSSY - FR2200390 Habitats Directive 2,750 protected area overlaps with site 2,496  
Marais de Vesles-et-Caumont National Nature Reserve 108 protected area contained by site 109  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  -
Grassland Humid grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; 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 -
urban/industrial/transport -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Marais de la Souche. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/10/2014

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