A natural river valley encompassing a river with oxbow lakes, alluvial beaches, riverine forest, natural ponds, wet meadows and marshes, dry meadows and bushy heathlands.
This is an important site for breeding and wintering waterbirds, passage raptors, and Grus grus. The site is a migratory bottleneck, where more than 3,000 raptors regularly pass (including Milvus migrans 2,000; Milvus milvus 1,000).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Disturbance caused by fishing, hunting and recreation, is the main threat.
National Partial International NonePart of IBA covered by Hunting Reserve (12 km of the river). Part of IBA covered by Private Reserve (11 ha).
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Val d'Allier : Saint-Yorre-Joze. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 03/12/2020.