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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 


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 (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Gorges de la Sioule. Downloaded from on 13/10/2015

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