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Location France, Auvergne
Central coordinates 3o 4.00' East  45o 40.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, B1iv, C2, C5, C6
Area 2,600 ha
Altitude 480 - 990m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description The site has broadleaved and coniferous forests, meadows, heathlands and cliffs.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for migratory species. The site is a migratory bottleneck, where more than 3,000 raptors regularly pass (including Pernis apivorus 2,000; Milvus migrans 3,000; Milvus milvus 2,000).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Crane Grus grus passage  1991  50-750 individuals  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Wood Lark Lullula arborea breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes passage  1991  7,000 individuals  B1iv, C5   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  40%
Shrubland Heathland  20%
Grassland Dry siliceous grassland; Mesophile grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  15%
Wetlands (inland) Water fringe vegetation  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Ruderal land  23%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 20%
forestry 10%
hunting 95%
urban/industrial/transport -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Montagne de la Serre. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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