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Location Belgium, Région Wallonne
Central coordinates 4o 58.00' East  49o 56.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 36,610 ha
Altitude
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description The site comprises the Belgian part of the Croix-Scaille upland plateau and a stretch of the Semois river, with important deciduous woodlands and well-preserved rivers, and remnant bogs and heaths on the upland plateau.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  2-3 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Bassin de la Houille en amont de Gedinne (Gedinne) - BE35041A0 Birds Directive 1,291 protected area overlaps with site 1,168  
Bassin de la Houille en amont de Gedinne (Gedinne) - BE35041B0 Habitats Directive 1,385 protected area overlaps with site 1,259  
Bassin de la Semois de Bouillon à Alle (Bouillon; Vresse-sur-Semois) - BE34042A0 Birds Directive 1,501 protected area contained by site 1,501  
Bassin de la Semois de Bouillon à Alle (Bouillon; Vresse-sur-Semois) - BE34042B0 Habitats Directive 1,675 protected area contained by site 1,675  
Bassin du Ruisseau du Ru au Moulin (Bièvre; Gedinne; Vresse-sur-Semois) - BE35044C0 Birds Directive 499 protected area contained by site 499  
Haute-Wimbe (Beauraing; Bièvre; Daverdisse; Wellin) - BE34025A0 Birds Directive 3,093 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Haute-Wimbe (Beauraing; Daverdisse; Wellin) - BE34025B0 Habitats Directive 1,239 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Nature reserves of the Croix Scaille Nature Reserve 211 protected area contained by site 211  
Vallée de la Houille en aval de Gedinne (Beauraing; Gedinne) - BE35039A0 Birds Directive 3,421 protected area contained by site 3,421  
Vallée de la Houille en aval de Gedinne (Beauraing; Gedinne) - BE35039B0 Habitats Directive 1,783 protected area contained by site 1,783  
Vallée de la Hulle (Gedinne) - BE35040A0 Birds Directive 1,394 protected area contained by site 1,394  
Vallée de la Hulle (Gedinne) - BE35040B0 Habitats Directive 1,513 protected area contained by site 1,513  
Vallée de la Semois en aval d'Alle (Bièvre; Vresse-sur-Semois) - BE35045A0 Birds Directive 1,801 protected area contained by site 1,801  
Vallée de la Semois en aval d'Alle (Bièvre; Vresse-sur-Semois) - BE35045B0 Habitats Directive 1,801 protected area contained by site 1,801  
Vallée du Ruisseau de Gros Fays (Bièvre) - BE35046B0 Habitats Directive 93 protected area contained by site 93  
Vallée du Ruisseau de Rebais (Vresse-sur-Semois) - BE35047C0 Birds Directive 517 protected area contained by site 517  
Vallée du Ruisseau de Saint-Jean (Gedinne) - BE35043C0 Birds Directive 451 protected area contained by site 451  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland  40%
Shrubland Heathland  -
Grassland Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Raised bogs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Artificial - terrestrial Forestry plantations; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes; Other urban and industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Ruderal land; Urban parks and gardens  65%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 15%
fisheries/aquaculture 1%
forestry 80%
hunting -
nature conservation and research 1%
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport 5%

Protection status National Low International High211 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Nature Reserves of the Croix Scaille, 211 ha). 36,610 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Croix-Scaille, 36,610 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Croix-Scaille. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 17/09/2014

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