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Location Luxembourg, Canton d'Esch/Alzette,Canton de Luxembourg
Central coordinates 6o 12.00' East  49o 31.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 70 ha
Altitude 238 - 254m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Letzebuerger natur-A Vulleschutz-Liga

Site description An area of grassland which is flooded in winter, and cut for silage in the spring and summer. The site was included within a larger IBA (formerly LU002) in the previous international IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989).

Key Biodiversity An important autumn roosting site for Grus grus, the only site within a 200 km range. The area is also nationally important for migrating waterbirds, although numbers are small, including wintering Anser fabalis (100-150 birds). Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex (breeding).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Crane Grus grus passage  2000-2009  300-1,200 individuals  medium  C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2009 very high very unfavourable low
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Agriculture and aquaculture livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) past (and unlikely to return) and no longer limiting whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration low
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration very high

Anser fabalis Bean Goose 400 150 individuals 38 very unfavourable
Grus grus Common Crane 1200 300 individuals 25 very unfavourable
Vanellus vanellus Northern Lapwing 9 3 breeding pairs 34 very unfavourable

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  No management planning has taken place  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Aspelt-Lannebur Humid Zone 69 protected area overlaps with site 69  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Scrub  3%
Grassland Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands  86%
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater  6%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  4%
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland  1%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 4%
nature conservation and research minor
rangeland/pastureland 86%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Aspelt - Lannebur, am Kessel. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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