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Location Belgium, Région Wallonne
Central coordinates 5o 43.00' East  50o 16.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 8,494 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description An area of mires and heaths in a woodland and grassland landscape in the Ardennes.

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 and Falco columbarius.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Hazel Grouse Bonasa bonasia resident  1 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Boreal Owl Aegolius funereus resident  1-15 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Nature reserves at Plateau des Tailles Nature Reserve 468 protected area contained by site 468  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  20%
Shrubland   -
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  70%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 20%
forestry 60%
hunting 70%
nature conservation and research 10%
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport 5%

Protection status National Low International High468 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Nature Reserves at Plateau des Tailles, 468 ha). 8,494 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Plateau des Tailles, 8,494 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Tailles. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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