Central Valais between Sierre and Visp

Country/territory: Switzerland

IBA Criteria met: A3, B2, B3 (2000)
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Area: 28,016 ha

SVS/BirdLife Switzerland
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2011 high not assessed negligible
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Site summary
A broad river valley in the central Alps. The valley is dominated by agricultural land, characterized by small plots, and some alluvial forests. The IBA includes a south-facing hillside with some traditional agriculture and xerophytic vegetation. It is an important site for species found in semi-open landscapes, including Rock Partridge, Wryneck, Redstart and Rock Thrush. The main threats in the valley are from infrastructural developments, particularly road and railway, the building of a golf course, and industrial development. There are projects to remove dams along some sections of the River Rhône.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Central Valais between Sierre and Visp. Downloaded from on 29/01/2023.