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Location Belgium, Région Wallonne
Central coordinates 5o 28.00' East  49o 44.00' North
IBA criteria B3, C6
Area 89,443 ha
Altitude
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description An important area of woodland at the southern limit of the Ardennes and the upper basin of the Sûre river, with many old humid grasslands.

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  C6  Least Concern 
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  5-8 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus breeding  20-40 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis resident  10-20 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Leiopicus medius resident  120-150 breeding pairs  good  B3, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Basse-Vierre (Chiny; Herbeumont; Léglise; Neufch Birds Directive 2,911 protected area contained by site 2,911  
Bassin de l'Attert (Attert) - BE34053A0 Birds Directive 831 protected area contained by site 831  
Bassin de l'Attert (Attert) - BE34053B0 Habitats Directive 1,179 protected area contained by site 1,179  
Bassin de la Semois de Florenville à Auby (Bertrix; Bouillon; Florenville; Herbeumont) - BE34046A0 Birds Directive 5,219 protected area contained by site 5,219  
Bassin de la Semois de Florenville à Auby (Bertrix; Florenville; Herbeumont) - BE34046B0 Habitats Directive 4,513 protected area contained by site 4,513  
Bassin de la Semois de Jamoigne à Chiny (Chiny; Florenville; Herbeumont) - BE34048A0 Birds Directive 2,070 protected area overlaps with site 1,578  
Bassin de la Semois de Jamoigne à Chiny (Chiny; Florenville; Herbeumont) - BE34048B0 Habitats Directive 2,246 protected area overlaps with site 1,578  
Bassin de la Semois du Maka à Bouillon (Bouillon) - BE34043C0 Birds Directive 890 protected area contained by site 890  
Bassin de la Semois entre Tintigny et Jamoigne (Chiny; Habay; Léglise; Tintigny) - BE34050A0 Birds Directive 3,029 protected area overlaps with site 1,870  
Bassin de la Semois entre Tintigny et Jamoigne (Chiny; Habay; Léglise; Tintigny) - BE34050B0 Habitats Directive 2,435 protected area overlaps with site 1,870  
Bassin moyen de l'Ourthe occidentale (Libramont-Chevigny; Sainte-Ode; Vaux-sur-Sûre) - BE34031A0 Birds Directive 420 protected area overlaps with site 105  
Bassin supérieur de la Wiltz (Bastogne) - BE34035A0 Birds Directive 291 protected area overlaps with site 77  
Bassin supérieur de la Wiltz (Bastogne) - BE34035B0 Habitats Directive 178 protected area overlaps with site 64  
Forêt d'Anlier (Habay; Léglise; Martelange) - BE34052C0 Birds Directive 7,555 protected area contained by site 7,555  
Forêts de Muno (Bouillon; Florenville) - BE34045C0 Birds Directive 561 protected area contained by site 561  
Haute-Sûre (Fauvillers; Léglise; Libramont-Chevigny; Neufch Habitats Directive 2,800 protected area contained by site 2,800  
Haute-Sûre (Fauvillers; Léglise; Neufch Birds Directive 2,704 protected area contained by site 2,704  
Haute-Vierre (Bertrix; Herbeumont; Libramont-Chevigny; Neufch Habitats Directive 464 protected area overlaps with site 117  
Marais de la Haute-Semois et Bois de Heinsch (Arlon; Attert; Etalle; Habay) - BE34057A0 Birds Directive 1,901 protected area overlaps with site 587  
Marais de la Haute-Semois et Bois de Heinsch (Arlon; Attert; Etalle; Habay) - BE34057B0 Habitats Directive 1,356 protected area overlaps with site 591  
Mare de Frassem (Arlon) - BE34069B0 Habitats Directive 7 protected area contained by site 7  
Nature reserves Ardennes méridional et Haute Sûre Nature Reserve 440 protected area contained by site 440  
Sûre frontalière (Fauvillers; Martelange) - BE34041C0 Birds Directive 153 protected area contained by site 153  
Vallée de Villers-la-Bonne-Eau (Bastogne) - BE34040A0 Birds Directive 119 protected area contained by site 119  
Vallée de Villers-la-Bonne-Eau (Bastogne) - BE34040B0 Habitats Directive 171 protected area contained by site 171  
Vallée du Ruisseau des Aleines (Bertrix; Bouillon; Paliseul) - BE34044A0 Birds Directive 748 protected area overlaps with site 704  
Vallée du Ruisseau des Aleines (Bertrix; Bouillon; Paliseul) - BE34044B0 Habitats Directive 485 protected area contained by site 485  
Vallées du Ruisseau de Mellier et de la Mandebras (Habay; Léglise; Neufch Birds Directive 1,540 protected area overlaps with site 1,300  
Vallées du Ruisseau de Mellier et de la Mandebras (Habay; Léglise; Neufch Habitats Directive 1,203 protected area overlaps with site 963  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland  40%
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  50%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 40%
fisheries/aquaculture 1%
forestry 50%
hunting -
nature conservation and research 1%
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport 5%
water management 1%
not utilised 1%

Protection status National Low International High440 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Nature Reserves Ardennes méridional et Haute Sûre, 440 ha). 89,443 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Haute Sure/Ardenne meridionale, 89,443 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Haute Sûre/Ardenne méridionale. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/10/2014

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