A reservoir, marshes, and wet forest along the River Pau, with some woodland and arable land. Human activities include agriculture, fishing, tourism (including boating), and gravel extraction.
Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (wintering).
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Barrage d'Artix et Saligue du Gave de Pau. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/11/2020.