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Location France, Rhône-Alpes
Central coordinates 4o 10.00' East  45o 44.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3, C2, C3, C4, C6
Area 80,850 ha
Altitude 350 - 700m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux



Site description An area of ponds, marshes, hedges and cultivated land, grassland and arable land.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Gadwall Anas strepera breeding  1997  200 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis breeding  1991  100-500 breeding pairs  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Great Bittern Botaurus stellaris breeding  1997  1-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea breeding  1991  25-40 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Little Egret Egretta garzetta breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus breeding  1991  100-500 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Black Kite Milvus migrans breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Red Kite Milvus milvus breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  B3, C6  Near Threatened 
Short-toed Snake-eagle Circaetus gallicus breeding  1991  1-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1991  1-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Thick-knee Burhinus oedicnemus breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Ruff Philomachus pugnax breeding  1997  1-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida breeding  1991  100-500 breeding pairs  A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Black Tern Chlidonias niger breeding  1991  1-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio breeding  1991  100-500 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  1991  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii, C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
ECOZONE DU FOREZ - FR8212002 Birds Directive 389 protected area contained by site 389  
ETANGS DU FOREZ - FR8201755 Habitats Directive 85 protected area contained by site 85  
FR174 Hunting Reserve 50 protected area contained by site 50  
GORGES DE LA LOIRE - FR8212014 Birds Directive 2,490 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
GORGES DE LA LOIRE AVAL - FR8212026 Birds Directive 4,564 protected area overlaps with site 4,027  
LIGNON, VIZEZY, ANZON ET LEURS AFFLUENTS - FR8201758 Habitats Directive 875 protected area overlaps with site 693  
MILIEUX ALLUVIAUX ET AQUATIQUES DE LA LOIRE - FR8201765 Habitats Directive 2,200 protected area overlaps with site 1,732  
PELOUSES, LANDES ET HABITATS ROCHEUX DES GORGES DE LA LOIRE - FR8201763 Habitats Directive 2,500 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
PLAINE DU FOREZ - FR8212024 Birds Directive 32,838 protected area contained by site 32,838  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland  -
Shrubland Heathland  -
Grassland Dry siliceous grassland; Humid grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  -

Land use

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

Protection status National Low International None50 ha of IBA covered by Hunting Reserve.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Plaine du Forez. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/04/2014

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