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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.

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  


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 on 20/08/2014

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