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Location Switzerland, Bern,Fribourg,Vaud
Central coordinates 7o 10.00' East  46o 28.00' North
IBA criteria A3, B2, B3
Area 37,434 ha
Altitude 830 - 2,540m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

SVS/BirdLife Switzerland



Summary An area of subalpine forests and alpine meadows with rocky areas at higher elevations and small villages in the valley bottoms. An important site for species breeding in conifer forests. Black Grouse, Three-toed Woodpecker, Ring Ouzel and Citril Finch reach high densities. No serious threats are known at this site.

Site description Die Region des Pays d’Enhaut liegt vorwiegend in den Waadtländer und Berner Voralpen und umfasst hauptsächlich das Einzugsgebiet der Saane. Das Gebiet wird im Norden durch den Vanil Noir und im Süden durch den Mont d’Or und den La Para begrenzt. Im Westen reicht das IBA «Pays d’Enhaut» bis zu den Rochers de Naye, im Osten schliesst es noch das Lauenengebiet mit ein. In tieferen Lagen herrscht Weidenutzung vor und vielerorts sind artenreiche Wiesen zu finden. Kleinere Dörfer liegen vor allem im Tal der Saane mit Château-d’Oex als grösste Ortschaft. Subalpiner Fichtenwald dominiert zwischen 1000 m und 1800 m ü. M., der vielerorts zur Weidenutzung aufgelichtet ist. Oberhalb des Waldes schliesst mancherorts eine Strauchzone an und in den höchsten Gebirgsregionen finden sich ausgedehnte alpine Rasen und felsige Regionen.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Grouse Lyrurus tetrix resident  1996  200-500 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Rock Partridge Alectoris graeca resident  1996  70-110 breeding pairs  B2  Near Threatened 
Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus breeding  1996  40-70 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Falco peregrinus resident  1996  3-5 breeding pairs  B2  Not Recognised 
Picoides tridactylus resident  1996  20-50 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Not Recognised 
Yellow-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax graculus resident  1996  50-200 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria resident  1996  20 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus breeding  1996  1,500-2,500 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 
Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus breeding  1996  40-90 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Rufous-tailed Rock-thrush Monticola saxatilis breeding  1996  25-60 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
White-winged Snowfinch Montifringilla nivalis resident  1996  10-25 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris resident  1996  60-150 breeding pairs  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Alpine Citril Finch Carduelis citrinella breeding  1996  500 breeding pairs  medium  A3, B3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
am ussere Saligrabe Fenlands of National Importance 10 protected area contained by site 10  
Anteinettes d'en Haut Fenlands of National Importance 11 protected area contained by site 11  
Ciernes Picat Fenlands of National Importance 17 protected area contained by site 17  
Col des Mosses Fenlands of National Importance 78 protected area contained by site 78  
Col des Mosses Raised and Transitional Bogs of National Importance 25 protected area contained by site 25  
Col des Mosses/La Lécherette Mire Landscapes of National Importance 1,588 protected area contained by site 1,588  
Communs des Mosses, est Raised and Transitional Bogs of National Importance 8 protected area contained by site 8  
Communs des Mosses, est de la route Fenlands of National Importance 82 protected area contained by site 82  
Communs des Mosses, ouest Raised and Transitional Bogs of National Importance 3 protected area contained by site 3  
Corne du Soere Fenlands of National Importance 19 protected area contained by site 19  
Falksmatte / Sodersegg / Dürri Fenlands of National Importance 64 protected area contained by site 64  
Fäng / Hinder der Egg / Göüch Fenlands of National Importance 47 protected area contained by site 47  
Fessu Derrière Fenlands of National Importance 22 protected area contained by site 22  
Fonds de l'Hongrin Fenlands of National Importance 18 protected area contained by site 18  
Gelten-Iffigen Landscapes and Natural Monuments of National Importance 4,690 protected area overlaps with site 206  
Grandes Charbonnières Fenlands of National Importance 5 protected area contained by site 5  
Gros Mont Fenlands of National Importance 14 protected area contained by site 14  
Gros Mont Raised and Transitional Bogs of National Importance 12 protected area contained by site 12  
Hochmatt-Motélon Federal Hunting Reserves 2,954 protected area overlaps with site 734  
La Barme Raised and Transitional Bogs of National Importance 1 protected area contained by site 1  
La Manche Fenlands of National Importance 22 protected area contained by site 22  
La Mossette Fenlands of National Importance 9 protected area contained by site 9  
La Pierreuse-Gummfluh-Vallée de l'Etivaz Landscapes and Natural Monuments of National Importance 6,079 protected area contained by site 6,079  
La Sarine pres Chateau-d'Oex Floodplains of National Importance 34 protected area contained by site 34  
La Torneresse a l'Etivaz Floodplains of National Importance 19 protected area contained by site 19  
Lauenensee Fenlands of National Importance 13 protected area contained by site 13  
Lauenensee Mire Landscapes of National Importance 1,248 protected area contained by site 1,248  
Lauenensee Raised and Transitional Bogs of National Importance 26 protected area contained by site 26  
Les Bimis-Ciernes Picat Federal Hunting Reserves 1,545 protected area contained by site 1,545  
Les Cases Fenlands of National Importance 7 protected area contained by site 7  
Les Chapelles Fenlands of National Importance 6 protected area contained by site 6  
Les Roseys Fenlands of National Importance 8 protected area overlaps with site 7  
Monts Chevreuils Fenlands of National Importance 25 protected area contained by site 25  
Moos 1 Fenlands of National Importance 39 protected area contained by site 39  
Pâquier Mottier Fenlands of National Importance 6 protected area contained by site 6  
Pierreuse-Gummfluh Federal Hunting Reserves 1,598 protected area contained by site 1,598  
Rohr Fenlands of National Importance 38 protected area contained by site 38  
Rohr - Oey Floodplains of National Importance 37 protected area contained by site 37  
Rohr Gsteig Fenlands of National Importance 5 protected area contained by site 5  
Rysch Fenlands of National Importance 11 protected area contained by site 11  
Sattel / Brüchi Fenlands of National Importance 32 protected area contained by site 32  
Schmidsfang / Satteleggbärgli Fenlands of National Importance 23 protected area contained by site 23  
Sonna Fenlands of National Importance 26 protected area contained by site 26  
Tour d'Aï-Dent de Corjon Landscapes and Natural Monuments of National Importance 12,506 protected area overlaps with site 8,770  
Tourbiere a l'est de la Lecherette Raised and Transitional Bogs of National Importance 2 protected area contained by site 2  
Tourbière à l'ouest de la Lécherette Fenlands of National Importance 22 protected area contained by site 22  
Tourbière de Pra Cornet Fenlands of National Importance 8 protected area contained by site 8  
Tourbiere de Pra Cornet Raised and Transitional Bogs of National Importance 7 protected area contained by site 7  
Tourbiere sous les Plans Raised and Transitional Bogs of National Importance 2 protected area contained by site 2  
Tourbière sous les Plans - Les Tésailles Fenlands of National Importance 59 protected area contained by site 59  
Tschärzis Fenlands of National Importance 10 protected area contained by site 10  
Vanil Noir Landscapes and Natural Monuments of National Importance 6,319 protected area overlaps with site 5,672  
Vers Champ Fenlands of National Importance 10 protected area contained by site 10  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  33%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland  42%
Artificial - terrestrial Other urban and industrial areas; Urban parks and gardens  2%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs; Scree & boulders  17%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Raised bogs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 42%
forestry -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport 3%

Protection status BLN-Landschaften: Gelten-Iffigen: wenig im IBA; La Pierreuse – Gummfluh – Vallée de l’Etivaz: vollständig im IBA; Tour d’Aï – Dent de Corjon: grösstenteils im IBA; Vanil Noir: grösstenteils im IBA; Moorlandschaften: Col des Mosses/La Lécherette: vollständig im IBA; Lauenensee: vollständig im IBA; Flachmoore: 32 Objekte: Vollständig im IBA; Hochmoore: 9 Objekte: vollständig im IBA; Auengebiete: La Sarine près Châteaux-d’Oex: vollständig im IBA; La Torneresse à l'Etivaz: vollständig im IBA; Rohr/Oey: vollständig im IBA; Jagdbanngebiete: Hochmatt – Motélon: teilweise im IBA; Les Bimis – Ciernes Picat: vollständig im IBA; Pierreuse – Gummfluh: vollständig im IBA;

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Pre-alpine region of Pays d'Enhaut. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/09/2014

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