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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
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.

Key Biodiversity Species listed on Annex I of the EC Birds Directive occurring on passage or wintering include Circus cyaneus, C. aeruginosus, Falco columbarius, 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  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)  
Nature reserves Ardennes méridional et Haute Sûre Nature Reserve 440 protected area contained by site 440  


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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Haute Sûre/Ardenne méridionale. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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