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Location France, Auvergne
Central coordinates 3o 2.00' East  45o 32.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 19,500 ha
Altitude 600 - 1,200m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description Valley and plateaus with mixed forests, cliffs and rocky areas, meadows, crops, hedgerows and bushy heathlands.

Key Biodiversity This is an important area for migrating storks and raptors, but no quantitative data are available.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1992  5-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Circaetus gallicus breeding  1992  3-4 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1992  2-3 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo breeding  1992  15-20 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  1992  50-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana breeding  1992  5-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland  -
Grassland Dry siliceous grassland  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs; Scree & boulders  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
hunting -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Les Couzes Nord. Downloaded from on 29/11/2015

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