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Location Belgium, Région Wallonne
Central coordinates 5o 30.00' East  49o 33.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 8,287 ha
Altitude
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description The site comprises the Bajoncienne limestone ridge, covered mainly by woodlands, dry grasslands, copses and marshes.

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

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio breeding  100-120 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Bassin supérieur de la Vire et du Ton (Aubange; Messancy; Musson; Saint-Léger; Virton) - BE34065A0 Birds Directive 2,423 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Bassin supérieur de la Vire et du Ton (Aubange; Messancy; Musson; Saint-Léger; Virton) - BE34065B0 Habitats Directive 1,307 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Forêts et marais bajociens de Baranzy à Athus (Aubange; Musson) - BE34067A0 Birds Directive 521 protected area contained by site 521  
Forêts et marais bajociens de Baranzy à Athus (Aubange; Musson) - BE34067B0 Habitats Directive 815 protected area overlaps with site 487  
Vallée du Ton et Côte bajocienne de Montquintin à Ruette (Meix-devant-Virton; Rouvroy; Virton) - BE34066A0 Birds Directive 3,049 protected area contained by site 3,049  
Vallée du Ton et Côte bajocienne de Montquintin à Ruette (Rouvroy; Virton) - BE34066B0 Habitats Directive 1,897 protected area contained by site 1,897  
Vallées de la Chevratte (Meix-devant-Virton; Rouvroy) - BE34063A0 Birds Directive 320 protected area overlaps with site 300  
Vallées de la Chevratte (Meix-devant-Virton; Rouvroy) - BE34063B0 Habitats Directive 267 protected area overlaps with site 177  
Vallées de la Vire et du Ton (Rouvroy; Virton) - BE34064A0 Birds Directive 223 protected area overlaps with site 158  
Vallées de la Vire et du Ton (Rouvroy; Virton) - BE34064B0 Habitats Directive 289 protected area overlaps with site 158  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland  20%
Shrubland Scrub  1%
Grassland Dry siliceous grassland; Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  1%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; 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  80%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 65%
fisheries/aquaculture 1%
forestry 25%
hunting -
nature conservation and research 1%
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport 10%
water management 1%
not utilised 1%

Protection status National None International High8,287 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Cote Bajocienne, 8,287 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Côte Bajocienne. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/12/2014

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