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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 
Black Kite Milvus migrans breeding  1991  5-50 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1991  1-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
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)  
Basse vallée de la Seille - FR2610006 Birds Directive 3,047 protected area overlaps with site 874  
DUNES CONTINENTALES, TOURBIERE DE LA TRUCHERE ET PRAIRIES DE LA BASSE SEILLE - FR2600979 Habitats Directive 3,055 protected area overlaps with site 874  
DUNES DES CHARMES (à SERMOYER) - FR8201633 Habitats Directive 14 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Prairies alluviales et milieux associés de Saône-et-Loire - FR2612006 Birds Directive 8,980 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
PRAIRIES HUMIDES ET FORETS ALLUVIALES DU VAL DE SAONE - FR8201632 Habitats Directive 4,651 protected area overlaps with site 3,670  
Truchere-Ratenelle Nature Reserve 93 protected area contained by site 93  
VAL DE SAONE - FR8212017 Birds Directive 3,671 protected area contained by site 3,671  

Habitats

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 (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Val de Saône. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/12/2014

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