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Location France, Auvergne
Central coordinates 4o 34.00' East  45o 16.00' North
IBA criteria B2, B3, C6
Area 63,000 ha
Altitude 430 - 1,169m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description A rocky area with cliffs, gorges and forests.

Key Biodiversity An important site for breeding raptors. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex (breeding).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus breeding  1991  25-50 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Red Kite Milvus milvus breeding  1991  40-60 breeding pairs  B3, C6  Near Threatened 
Circus cyaneus breeding  1991  10-15 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1991  5-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Milvus migrans breeding  1991  50-100 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Circaetus gallicus breeding  1991  15-20 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo breeding  1991  22 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  1991  100-200 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius breeding  1991  40-50 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 
Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana breeding  1991  10-20 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Bas-en-Banet Hunting Reserve 108 protected area contained by site 108  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  -
Shrubland Heathland  -
Grassland Dry siliceous grassland; Humid grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  -
Artificial - terrestrial Highly improved re-seeded landscapes; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 25%
fisheries/aquaculture -
forestry -
hunting -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -
water management -

Protection status National Low International None108 ha of IBA covered by Hunting Reserve (Bas-en-Basset, 108 ha).

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

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