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Location France, Rhône-Alpes
Central coordinates 4o 52.00' East  44o 46.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B1iv, C3, C5, C6
Area 2,100 ha
Altitude 86 - 160m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description The site comprises both slow and fast-flowing rivers, marshes, woodland and dry calcareous grassland. Human activities include gravel exploitation, agriculture, fishing, hunting and tourism, including boating.

Key Biodiversity The site is a migratory bottleneck, where more than 3,000 raptors regularly pass. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet criteria: Aythya nyroca (wintering).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax breeding  1991  30-40 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Egretta garzetta breeding  1997  30-40 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo winter  1997  14-3,012 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo passage  1997  1,000-10,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Milvus migrans breeding  1991  30-40 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
FR169 Hunting Reserve 200 protected area contained by site 200  
Les Ramieres Nature Reserve 346 protected area contained by site 346  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  25%
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  69%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 4%
fisheries/aquaculture 90%
forestry 1%
hunting 60%
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -

Protection status National Partial International Partial346 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Les Ramières, 346 ha). 200 ha of IBA covered by Hunting Reserve (200 ha). 346 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Val de Drôme: Les Ramières, 346 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Val de Drôme: Les Ramières-printegarde. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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