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Location France, Rhône-Alpes
Central coordinates 4o 54.00' East  46o 22.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, C1, C2, C6
Area 12,250 ha
Altitude 150 m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description A complex of wet meadows, a river, riverine forest and marshes.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for species breeding in wet meadows, and wintering waterbirds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Egretta garzetta breeding  1991  5-50 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1991  1-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Milvus migrans breeding  1991  5-50 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1992  100 breeding pairs  A1, B2, C1, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio breeding  1991  100-500 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Truchere-Ratenelle Nature Reserve 93 protected area contained by site 93  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  -
Grassland Humid grasslands  90%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Water fringe vegetation  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
hunting -
urban/industrial/transport -

Protection status National Low International Low93 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Truchère-Ratenelle, 93 ha). 93 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Val de Saône: La Truchère, 93 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Val de Saône. Downloaded from on 26/11/2015

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