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Location Belgium, Région Wallonne
Central coordinates 5o 24.00' East  50o 5.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 16,700 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description A large area of old deciduous woodland in the central high Ardennes with well-preserved rivers and streams, remnant peat-bogs and heaths.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  3-5 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Boreal Owl Aegolius funereus resident  10 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius resident  10-20 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Nature reserves de St-Hubert Nature Reserve 23 protected area contained by site 23  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland  50%
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; Urban parks and gardens  50%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 10%
fisheries/aquaculture 1%
forestry 90%
hunting -
nature conservation and research 1%
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport 1%

Protection status National Low International None23 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Nature Reserves de St-Hubert, 23 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Saint-Hubert. Downloaded from on 20/09/2014

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