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Location France, Pays de la Loire
Central coordinates 0o 49.00' West  46o 26.00' North
IBA criteria B3, C6
Area 18,700 ha
Altitude 10 - 60m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description The site contains cereal crops, dry meadows, woodlots, bocages and abandoned fields.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for species of open agricultural landscapes. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Tetrax tetrax (passage).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1991  20-40 breeding pairs  B3, C6  Least Concern 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax breeding  1996  12 breeding pairs  C6  Near Threatened 
Burhinus oedicnemus breeding  1991  40-50 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Ruderal land  -

Land use

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

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Plaine calcaire du sud Vendée. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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