Vallée de la Charente : amont d'Angoulême

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2000

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Corncrake Crex crex LC breeding 1996 27-35 breeding pairs A1, C1, C6
Common Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus LC breeding 1991 1-10 breeding pairs C6
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis LC breeding 1991 10-100 breeding pairs B2, C6

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2013 very high very unfavourable low
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by Population
Accuracy of information unknown

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - agro-industry farming happening now whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration very high
Agricultural expansion and intensification wood and pulp plantations (includes afforestation) - agro-industry plantations happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Condition of habitat (state)
Habitat Habitat Detail Reference Area (ha) Actual Area (ha) % of habitat remaining % of carrying capacity (overall) Result
Grassland Mesophile grasslands 0 0 poor (40-69%) poor (40-69%) very unfavourable

Condition of key/trigger populations (state)
Scientific Common TargetPop ActualPop Units Remaining Result
Crex crex Corncrake 35 0 breeding pairs 0 very unfavourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species) A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive Some limited conservation initiatives are in place low
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IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Vallée de la Charente entre Angoulème et Cognac et ses principaux affluents (SOLOIRE; BOEME, ECHELLE) Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 5,373 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Vallée de la Charente en amont d'Angoulêmes Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 4,018 protected area overlaps with site 3,068
Prairies de Vouharte Terrain acquis par un conservatoire d'espaces naturels 41 protected area contained by site 0
Prairie de St-Yrieix Site with preservation order 30 protected area contained by site 30
Côteaux calcaires entre les Bouchauds et Marsac Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 222 protected area overlaps with site 14


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Mesophile grasslands -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams -
Artificial/Terrestrial Highly improved re-seeded landscapes, Arable land, Perennial crops, orchards and groves -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
hunting -
urban/industrial/transport -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Vallée de la Charente : amont d'Angoulême. Downloaded from on 29/10/2020.