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Location France, Auvergne
Central coordinates 3o 34.00' East  45o 1.00' North
IBA criteria B2, B3, C6
Area 52,700 ha
Altitude 460 - 1,200m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux



Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus breeding  1991  50-100 breeding pairs  B3, C6  Least Concern 
Black Kite Milvus migrans breeding  1991  40-100 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Red Kite Milvus milvus breeding  1991  50-100 breeding pairs  B3, C6  Near Threatened 
Short-toed Snake-eagle Circaetus gallicus breeding  1991  15-50 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus breeding  1991  10-20 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1991  5-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus breeding  1991  4-6 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo breeding  1991  12-15 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  1991  100-200 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis breeding  1991  10-20 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Black woodpecker Dryocopus martius breeding  1991  40-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio breeding  1991  100-500 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Wood Lark Lullula arborea breeding  1991  100-500 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
GORGES DE L'ALLIER ET AFFLUENTS - FR8301075 Habitats Directive 9,480 protected area overlaps with site 8,792  
Haut Val d'Allier - FR8312002 Birds Directive 58,906 protected area contains site 52,700  
LACS ET RIVIERES A LOUTRES - FR8301095 Habitats Directive 579 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
PONT DE DESGES - FR8301090 Habitats Directive 38 protected area contained by site 38  
RIVIERES A ECREVISSES A PATTES BLANCHES - FR8301096 Habitats Directive 1,164 protected area overlaps with site 60  
RIVIERES A MOULES PERLIERES - FR8301094 Habitats Directive 269 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
VAL D'ALLIER / VIEILLE BRIOUDE / LANGEAC - FR8301074 Habitats Directive 2,750 protected area contained by site 2,750  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  71%
Shrubland Heathland  5%
Grassland Dry siliceous grassland  15%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  5%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas  13%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 30%
fisheries/aquaculture 5%
forestry -
hunting 90%
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport 11%
water management 1%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Haut Val d'Allier. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/04/2014

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