LU003
Upper Valley of the Sure


IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2009

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Hazel Grouse Bonasa bonasia LC resident 2000-2009 5-20 breeding pairs C6
Black Stork Ciconia nigra LC breeding 2000-2009 1-2 breeding pairs C6
Osprey Pandion haliaetus LC passage 2000-2009 10-20 individuals C6
European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus LC breeding 2000-2009 1-5 breeding pairs C6
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Leiopicus medius LC breeding 2000-2009 5-10 breeding pairs 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)
2009 high very unfavourable low
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by Habitat
Accuracy of information medium

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 small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Natural system modifications other ecosystem modifications happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Condition of habitat (state)
Habitat Habitat Detail Reference Area (ha) Actual Area (ha) % of habitat remaining % of carrying capacity (overall) Result
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland 0 0 poor (40-69%) poor (40-69%) very unfavourable

Condition of key/trigger populations (state)
Scientific Common TargetPop ActualPop Units Remaining Result
Bonasa bonasia Hazel Grouse 30 10 breeding pairs 34 very unfavourable
Pandion haliaetus Osprey 15 15 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation No management plan exists but the management planning process has begun Some limited conservation initiatives are in place low
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Vallée supérieure de la Sûre et affluents de la frontière belge à Esch-sur-Sûre Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 3,587 protected area overlaps with site 3,581
Vallée supérieure de la Sûre et affluents de la frontière belge à Esch-sur-Sûre Zones protégées d'intérêt communautaire - Zones Oiseaux ZPS 3,587 protected area overlaps with site 0
Vallée supérieure de la Sûre / Lac du barrage Zones protégées d'intérêt communautaire - Zones Habitats ZSC 4,363 protected area overlaps with site 0
Vallée supérieure de la Sûre / Lac du barrage Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 4,363 protected area overlaps with site 3,297
Vallée de la Haute-Sûre Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 16,897 protected area contains site 0
Pont Misère-Barrage de retenue Humid Zone 280 protected area overlaps with site 280
Parc Naturel de la Haute-Sûre / Naturpark Öewersauer Parc Naturel 20,264 protected area overlaps with site 0
Lac de la Haute-Sûre / Neunhausen-Ningserboesch Forest Reserve 901 protected area overlaps with site 450
Lac de la Haute-Sûre / Mecher-Schlaedchen Forest Reserve 160 protected area overlaps with site 148
Lac de la Haute-Sûre / Insenborn-Buurgknapp Forest Reserve 111 protected area contained by site 111
Bruch - Pont Misère Zones protégées d'intérêt national - Réserve naturelle 1,477 protected area overlaps with site 0
Boulaide/Bauschleiden-Paaffels Humid Zone 212 protected area contained by site 212

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland, Native coniferous woodland, Alluvial and very wet forest -
Shrubland Scrub -
Grassland Mesophile grasslands -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Rivers and streams -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land, Forestry plantations -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
hunting -
nature conservation and research -
rangeland/pastureland -
water management -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Upper Valley of the Sure. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 10/08/2022.