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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

BirdLife Belgium

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.

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

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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Saint-Hubert. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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