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Location Belgium, Région Wallonne
Central coordinates 5o 32.00' East  49o 38.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 32,541 ha
Altitude
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description The area includes forests on sandstone in the Sinémuriennen region, and the marshes of the upper Semois river.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Hazel Grouse Bonasa bonasia resident  10 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus breeding  20-30 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Black Kite Milvus migrans breeding  1-4 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Red Kite Milvus milvus breeding  5-10 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Near Threatened 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  2 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  12-15 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos medius resident  130-170 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Grey-faced Woodpecker Picus canus resident  3 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Wood Lark Lullula arborea breeding  25-33 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Bassin de la Marche (Chiny; Florenville; Meix-devant-Virton) - BE34054B0 Habitats Directive 2,453 protected area contained by site 2,453  
Bassin de la Marche (Chiny; Florenville) - BE34054A0 Birds Directive 2,344 protected area contained by site 2,344  
Bassin de la Semois de Etalle à Tintigny (Etalle; Habay; Tintigny) - BE34056A0 Birds Directive 2,160 protected area overlaps with site 1,414  
Bassin de la Semois de Etalle à Tintigny (Etalle; Habay; Tintigny) - BE34056B0 Habitats Directive 2,030 protected area overlaps with site 1,284  
Bassin de la Semois de Jamoigne à Chiny (Chiny; Florenville; Herbeumont) - BE34048B0 Habitats Directive 2,246 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Bassin de la Semois entre Tintigny et Jamoigne (Chiny; Habay; Léglise; Tintigny) - BE34050A0 Birds Directive 3,029 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Bassin de la Semois entre Tintigny et Jamoigne (Chiny; Habay; Léglise; Tintigny) - BE34050B0 Habitats Directive 2,435 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Bassin du Ruisseau du Messancy (Arlon; Messancy) - BE34062A0 Birds Directive 495 protected area overlaps with site 211  
Bassin du Ruisseau du Messancy (Arlon; Messancy) - BE34062B0 Habitats Directive 322 protected area overlaps with site 211  
Bassin supérieur de la Chevratte (Meix-devant-Virton; Tintigny) - BE34060A0 Birds Directive 1,354 protected area contained by site 1,354  
Bassin supérieur de la Chevratte (Meix-devant-Virton; Tintigny) - BE34060B0 Habitats Directive 1,150 protected area contained by site 1,150  
Bassin supérieur de la Vire et du Ton (Aubange; Messancy; Musson; Saint-Léger; Virton) - BE34065A0 Birds Directive 2,423 protected area overlaps with site 1,818  
Bassin supérieur de la Vire et du Ton (Aubange; Messancy; Musson; Saint-Léger; Virton) - BE34065B0 Habitats Directive 1,307 protected area overlaps with site 969  
Camp militaire de Lagland (Arlon; Etalle; Saint-Léger) - BE34058C0 Birds Directive 2,536 protected area contained by site 2,536  
Marais de la Haute-Semois et Bois de Heinsch (Arlon; Attert; Etalle; Habay) - BE34057A0 Birds Directive 1,901 protected area overlaps with site 875  
Marais de la Haute-Semois et Bois de Heinsch (Arlon; Attert; Etalle; Habay) - BE34057B0 Habitats Directive 1,356 protected area overlaps with site 605  
Nature reserves in Sinémurienne Nature Reserve 239 protected area contained by site 239  
Vallée du Ruisseau de Breuvanne (Chiny; Tintigny) - BE34055A0 Birds Directive 657 protected area overlaps with site 506  
Vallée du Ruisseau de Breuvanne (Chiny; Tintigny) - BE34055B0 Habitats Directive 621 protected area overlaps with site 566  
Vallées de la Chevratte (Meix-devant-Virton; Rouvroy) - BE34063B0 Habitats Directive 267 protected area overlaps with site 20  
Vallées de la Vire et du Ton (Rouvroy; Virton) - BE34064B0 Habitats Directive 289 protected area overlaps with site 26  
Vallées de Laclaireau et du Rabais (Etalle; Saint-Léger; Virton) - BE34061A0 Birds Directive 2,718 protected area contained by site 2,718  
Vallées de Laclaireau et du Rabais (Etalle; Saint-Léger; Virton) - BE34061B0 Habitats Directive 2,106 protected area contained by site 2,106  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland  50%
Shrubland Heathland; Scrub  1%
Grassland Dry siliceous grassland; Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  1%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Raised bogs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  1%
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  40%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 40%
fisheries/aquaculture 1%
forestry 50%
hunting -
military 8%
nature conservation and research 2%
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport 5%
not utilised 1%

Protection status National Low International High239 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Nature Reserves in Sinémurienne, 239 ha). 32,541 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Sinémurienne, 32,541 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sinémurienne. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 13/07/2014

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