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Location Belgium, Région Wallonne
Central coordinates 5o 46.00' East  50o 5.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 34,678 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2000

BirdLife Belgium

Site description An undisturbed part of the Ourthe valley with wooded slopes.

Key Biodiversity Species listed on Annex I of the EC Birds Directive occurring on passage or wintering include Milvus migrans, Circus cyaneus, C. aeruginosus, Pandion haliaetus and Lullula arborea.

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 
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  1-3 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland  20%
Shrubland Heathland; Scrub  -
Grassland Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands  1%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Raised bogs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  1%
Caves and subterranean habitats (non-aquatic) Caves  -
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%
Rocky areas Scree & boulders  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 80%
fisheries/aquaculture 1%
forestry 15%
hunting -
nature conservation and research 1%
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport 5%
water management 1%

Protection status National None International High34,678 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Deux Ourthes, 34,678 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Deux Ourthes. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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