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Location Belgium, Région Wallonne
Central coordinates 5o 39.00' East  50o 24.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 41,638 ha
Altitude
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description The western ridge of the Fagnes plateau south of Spa, covered by bogs, fens, remnant dry heaths and peaty heaths. The area includes important woodland.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Grouse Tetrao tetrix resident  1-5 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Boreal Owl Aegolius funereus resident  1-10 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Basse vallée de l'Aisne (Durbuy; Erezée; Ferrières; Manhay) - BE34007A0 Birds Directive 1,787 protected area overlaps with site 1,136  
Basse vallée de l'Aisne (Durbuy; Erezée; Ferrières; Manhay) - BE34007B0 Habitats Directive 1,912 protected area overlaps with site 1,136  
Basse vallée de l'Amblève (Aywaille; Comblain-au-Pont; Sprimont) - BE33017A0 Birds Directive 341 protected area overlaps with site 80  
Basse vallée de l'Amblève (Aywaille; Comblain-au-Pont; Sprimont) - BE33017B0 Habitats Directive 339 protected area overlaps with site 80  
Basse vallée de la Lienne (Stoumont) - BE33029C0 Birds Directive 396 protected area contained by site 396  
Bois de la Géronstère (Spa) - BE33031A0 Birds Directive 458 protected area contained by site 458  
Bois de la Géronstère (Spa) - BE33031B0 Habitats Directive 451 protected area contained by site 451  
Bois de Staneux (Spa; Theux) - BE33067A0 Birds Directive 621 protected area overlaps with site 569  
Bois de Staneux (Spa; Theux) - BE33067B0 Habitats Directive 492 protected area contained by site 492  
Fagnes de Malchamps et de Stoumont (Aywaille; Spa; Stoumont; Theux) - BE33032A0 Birds Directive 885 protected area contained by site 885  
Fagnes de Malchamps et de Stoumont (Aywaille; Spa; Stoumont; Theux) - BE33032B0 Habitats Directive 774 protected area contained by site 774  
Fagnes de Stavelot et vallée de l'Eau Rouge (Jalhay; Malmedy; Stavelot) - BE33040A0 Birds Directive 1,241 protected area overlaps with site 179  
Fagnes de Stavelot et vallée de l'Eau Rouge (Jalhay; Malmedy; Stavelot) - BE33040B0 Habitats Directive 1,258 protected area overlaps with site 196  
La Calestienne entre Barvaux et Bomal (Durbuy) - BE34005A0 Birds Directive 329 protected area overlaps with site 78  
La Calestienne entre Barvaux et Bomal (Durbuy) - BE34005B0 Habitats Directive 332 protected area overlaps with site 78  
Nature reserves de Malchamps Nature Reserve 15 protected area contained by site 15  
Vallée de l'Amblève de Chêneu au Pont de Targnon (Stoumont) - BE33030C0 Birds Directive 239 protected area contained by site 239  
Vallée de l'Amblève du Pont de Targnon à Remouchamps (Aywaille; Stoumont; Theux) - BE33028A0 Birds Directive 1,784 protected area overlaps with site 1,688  
Vallée de l'Amblève du Pont de Targnon à Remouchamps (Aywaille; Stoumont; Theux) - BE33028B0 Habitats Directive 1,774 protected area overlaps with site 1,679  
Vallée de l'Amblève entre Wanne et Coo (Stavelot; Trois-Ponts) - BE33051C0 Birds Directive 224 protected area overlaps with site 28  
Vallée de l'Ourthe entre Bomal et Hamoir (Durbuy; Ferrières; Hamoir) - BE34002A0 Birds Directive 156 protected area overlaps with site 67  
Vallée de l'Ourthe entre Bomal et Hamoir (Durbuy; Ferrières; Hamoir) - BE34002B0 Habitats Directive 618 protected area overlaps with site 210  
Vallée de l'Ourthe entre Hamoir et Comblain-au-Pont (Anthisnes; Comblain-au-Pont; Ferrières; Hamoir; Ouffet) - BE33026A0 Birds Directive 266 protected area overlaps with site 87  
Vallée de l'Ourthe entre Hamoir et Comblain-au-Pont (Anthisnes; Comblain-au-Pont; Ferrières; Hamoir; Ouffet) - BE33026B0 Habitats Directive 589 protected area overlaps with site 150  
Vallée de la Hoêgne (Jalhay) - BE33034A0 Birds Directive 609 protected area overlaps with site 133  
Vallée de la Hoêgne (Jalhay) - BE33034B0 Habitats Directive 502 protected area overlaps with site 118  
Vallée de la Lembrée et affluents (Aywaille; Durbuy; Ferrières; Stoumont) - BE33027C0 Birds Directive 749 protected area contained by site 749  
Vallée de la Lienne et affluents entre Les Trous de Bras et Habiémont (Lierneux; Manhay; Stoumont; Trois-Ponts) - BE33048A0 Birds Directive 228 protected area overlaps with site 38  
Vallée de la Lienne et affluents entre Les Trous de Bras et Habiémont (Lierneux; Manhay; Stoumont; Trois-Ponts) - BE33048B0 Habitats Directive 225 protected area overlaps with site 35  
Vallée du Wayai et affluents (Jalhay) - BE33033C0 Birds Directive 87 protected area contained by site 87  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  10%
Shrubland Heathland  -
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland; Dry siliceous 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  80%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 20%
forestry 70%
hunting -
nature conservation and research 5%
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport 5%
water management 1%

Protection status National Low International High15 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Nature Reserves de Malchamps, 15 ha). 41,638 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Malchamps, 41,638 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Malchamps. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 17/04/2014

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