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Location France, Pays de la Loire
Central coordinates 0o 24.00' West  47o 18.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B1i, B2, C1, C2, C6
Area 12,000 ha
Altitude 3 - 30m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description The site includes a river, marshes, aquatic vegetation, wet meadows, riverine forest, Populus plantations, bocages and arable fields.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for breeding waterbirds, Crex crex and terns, and as a wintering site for waterbirds, in particular Vanellus vanellus (14,000 individuals).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1994  224-235 breeding pairs  A1, B2, C1, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  1991  225-400 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons breeding  1991  150-280 breeding pairs  B1i, B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis breeding  1991  100-200 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Sand Martin Riparia riparia breeding  1991  1,400-1,520 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
FR031 Hunting Reserve 175 protected area contained by site 175  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  -
Grassland Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; 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 None175 ha of IBA covered by Hunting Reserve (175 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Vallée de la Loire : de Nantes à Montsoreau. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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