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Location France, Auvergne
Central coordinates 2o 51.00' East  46o 1.00' North
IBA criteria B2, B3, C6
Area 25,250 ha
Altitude 320 - 512m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux



Site description A mosaic of habitats including a river, cliffs, heathlands, broadleaved and coniferous forests, meadows and hedgerows.

Key Biodiversity The cliff and forest areas are important for breeding raptors and passage storks.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus breeding  1991  10-30 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Red Kite Milvus milvus breeding  1991  20-30 breeding pairs  B3, C6  Near Threatened 
Circus cyaneus breeding  1991  8-10 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1991  5-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus breeding  1991  3 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Gîtes de la Sioule - FR8302013 Habitats Directive 454 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
GORGES DE LA SIOULE - FR8301034 Habitats Directive 3,597 protected area overlaps with site 2,873  
Gorges de la Sioule - FR8312003 Birds Directive 26,070 is identical to site 25,250  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  -
Shrubland Heathland  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
hunting -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Gorges de la Sioule. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/11/2014

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