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Location Belgium, Région Wallonne
Central coordinates 5o 25.00' East  50o 18.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 5,100 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description A typical area of the Famennian depression, covered by woodlands and pastures, and including the very important Marche en Famenne military camp, which remains free of agricultural disturbance, as well as a stretch of the River Ourthe.

Key Biodiversity Species listed on Annex I of the EC Birds Directive occurring on passage or wintering include Milvus migrans, M. milvus, Circus cyaneus, C. aeruginosus, Falco peregrinus and F. columbarius.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  3 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio breeding  100-130 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland  40%
Shrubland Scrub  -
Grassland Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands  1%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; 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  30%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 40%
forestry 60%
hunting 50%
military 40%
nature conservation and research 1%
tourism/recreation 60%
urban/industrial/transport 1%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Marche en Famenne. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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