Valley of the Syre

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
Spotted Crake Porzana porzana LC passage 2000-2009 3-5 individuals C6
White Stork Ciconia ciconia LC non-breeding 2000-2009 1-10 individuals C6
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis LC resident 2000-2009 2-3 breeding pairs C6
Aquatic Warbler Acrocephalus paludicola VU passage 2000-2009 3-6 individuals 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 medium
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by Habitat
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - agro-industry grazing, ranching or farmin happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Residential and commercial development housing and urban areas happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

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 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable
Grassland Humid grasslands 0 0 poor (40-69%) good (> 90%) unfavourable
Grassland Mesophile grasslands 0 0 moderate (70-90%) very poor (< 40%) very unfavourable
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater 0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable

Condition of key/trigger populations (state)
Scientific Common TargetPop ActualPop Units Remaining Result
Acrocephalus paludicola Aquatic Warbler 3 3 individuals 100 favourable
Acrocephalus schoenobaenus Sedge Warbler 1 2 females 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 Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity medium
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Vallée de la Syre de Moutfort à Roodt/Syre Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 380 protected area overlaps with site 375
Vallée de la Syre de Moutfort à Roodt/Syre Zones protégées d'intérêt communautaire - Zones Oiseaux ZPS 380 protected area overlaps with site 0
Uebersyren-Schlammwis Wetland Humid Zone 3 protected area overlaps with site 3
Uebersyren-Schlammwis Humid Zone Buffer Zone 16 protected area overlaps with site 16
Uebersyren-Kreckelsbierg Sites and Monuments 170 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Région de Schuttrange; Canach, Lenningen et Gostingen Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 1,256 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Région de Schuttrange, Canach, Lenningen et Gostingen Zones protégées d'intérêt communautaire - Zones Oiseaux ZPS 1,256 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Flaxweiler-Widdebierg Forest Reserve 582 protected area is adjacent to site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Scrub -
Grassland Humid grasslands, Mesophile grasslands -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Rivers and streams, Fens, transition mires and springs -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land, Forestry plantations, Other urban and industrial areas, Perennial crops, orchards and groves, Ruderal land -
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest, Broadleaved deciduous woodland, Mixed woodland -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research -
rangeland/pastureland -
hunting -
tourism/recreation -
forestry -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Valley of the Syre. Downloaded from on 29/11/2022.