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Location Luxembourg, Canton de Remich
Central coordinates 6o 21.00' East  49o 30.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 260 ha
Altitude 142 - 148m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Letzebuerger natur-A Vulleschutz-Liga

Site description This is the largest wetland area in Luxembourg, and includes the Moselle valley and gravel-pits. The site was included within a larger IBA (formerly LU002) in the previous international IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989).

Key Biodiversity The most important wetland in Luxembourg with records of over 230 bird species, including the only breeding site for Ixobrychus minutus. The site also holds breeding populations of Picus canus, Alcedo atthis and Lanius collurio, all listed on Annex I of the EC Birds Directive. The site is also of national importance for wintering birds including Botaurus stellaris, Mergus albellus and Falco peregrinus.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Smew Mergellus albellus winter  2000-2009  5-10 individuals  good  C6  Least Concern 
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  2000-2009  5-7 males only  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris winter  2000-2009  2-5 individuals  good  C6  Least Concern 
Spotted Crake Porzana porzana passage  2000-2009  4-8 individuals  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis resident  2000-2009  3-5 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Picus canus breeding  2000-2009  2-3 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Not Recognised 
Osprey Pandion haliaetus passage  2000-2009  2-10 individuals  medium  C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

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

Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Invasive & other problematic species, genes & diseases invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - unspecified species happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Residential and commercial development tourism and recreation areas happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Mergellus albellus Smew 10 10 individuals 100 favourable
Ixobrychus minutus 3 6 males only 100 favourable
Picus canus 3 3 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Acrocephalus scirpaceus Eurasian Reed-warbler 30 40 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species  The conservation measures needed for the site are being comprehensively and effectively implemented  high 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Haff Réimech Natural Reserve 0 protected area overlaps with site 100  
Haff Réimech Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 313 protected area overlaps with site 68  
Region de la Moselle supérieure Protected Area 1,649 protected area overlaps with site 205  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Scrub  13%
Grassland Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  10%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  41%
Artificial - terrestrial Highly improved re-seeded landscapes; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  28%
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland  8%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 7%
nature conservation and research major
tourism/recreation major
hunting minor
rangeland/pastureland 8%
Notes: Meadows

Protection status National Partial International High100 ha of IBA overlap with Natural Reserve (Haff Réimech). 68 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Haff Réimech, 313 ha). 150 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Haff Réimech. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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