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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
Short-toed Snake-eagle Circaetus gallicus breeding  1992  3-4 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1992  5-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
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 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Gîtes du pays des Couzes - FR8302012 Habitats Directive 1,234 protected area overlaps with site 752  
Pays des Couzes - FR8312011 Birds Directive 51,853 protected area contains site 19,500  
VALLEES ET COTEAUX XEROTHERMIQUES DES COUZES ET LIMAGNES - FR8301035 Habitats Directive 2,316 protected area overlaps with site 1,046  


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 Areas factsheet: Les Couzes Nord. Downloaded from on 25/04/2015

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