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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.

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 (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Marche en Famenne. Downloaded from on 17/09/2014

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