Basses Vallées Angevines

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
The site encompasses rivers, streams, wet meadows and Populus plantations.

Key biodiversity
This is the best site in France for breeding Crex crex. The site holds 20,000 or more waterbirds on passage, on a regular basis.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The site is threatened by agricultural improvements and commercial Populus plantations. Nevertheless, strong conservation measures are applied to this area, including agri-environmental schemes, prohibition of Populus plantations and land purchase under LIFE contracts and as a result of public fundraising. 6,450 ha of IBA is planned to be designated as a Special Protection Area (Basses Vallées Angevines) in 1999. More than 300 ha of the site have been purchased by the LPO, to be managed for the conservation of meadows and Crex crex.

Protected areas
National Low International High361 ha of IBA covered by Private Reserve (LPO-BirdLife, 361 ha). 6,450 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Basses Vallées Angevines, 6,450 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Basses Vallées Angevines. Downloaded from on 18/05/2021.