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Location France, Auvergne
Central coordinates 3o 18.00' East  45o 51.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, B1iv, C2, C6
Area 5,500 ha
Altitude 260 - 320m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description A natural river valley encompassing a river with oxbow lakes, alluvial beaches, riverine forest, natural ponds, wet meadows and marshes, dry meadows and bushy heathlands.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for breeding and wintering waterbirds, passage raptors, and Grus grus. The site is a migratory bottleneck, where more than 3,000 raptors regularly pass (including Milvus migrans 2,000; Milvus milvus 1,000).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Egretta garzetta breeding  1992  5-6 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax breeding  1992  100-150 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Black Kite Milvus migrans breeding  1992  30-50 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus passage  1992  500-2,000 individuals  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Burhinus oedicnemus breeding  1992  20-30 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  1992  5 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio breeding  1992  30-50 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Wood Lark Lullula arborea breeding  1992  100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes passage  1992  3,000 individuals  B1iv   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
FR165 Hunting Reserve 0 protected area contained by site 0  
FR165 Private Reserve 11 protected area contained by site 11  
Val d'allier Saint Yorre-Joze - FR8312013 Birds Directive 5,650 protected area contains site 5,500  
VALLEE DE L'ALLIER SUD - FR8301016 Habitats Directive 1,938 protected area overlaps with site 238  
ZONES ALLUVIALES DE LA CONFLUENCE DORE-ALLIER - FR8301032 Habitats Directive 2,453 protected area overlaps with site 1,765  


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

Land use

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

Protection status National Partial International NonePart of IBA covered by Hunting Reserve (12 km of the river). Part of IBA covered by Private Reserve (11 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Val d'Allier : Saint-Yorre-Joze. Downloaded from on 19/04/2015

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