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Location France, Aquitaine
Central coordinates 1o 0.00' West  43o 8.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 6,850 ha
Altitude 600 - 1,220m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description A mountain area holding Fagus forest, cliffs, screes and mountain rivers.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for raptors and forest breeding birds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Red Kite Milvus milvus breeding  1991  1-10 breeding pairs  C6  Near Threatened 
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus breeding  1991  10-15 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus breeding  1991  1-10 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius breeding  1991  5-50 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs; Scree & boulders  -
Caves and subterranean habitats (non-aquatic) Caves  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 30%
fisheries/aquaculture 5%
forestry 70%
hunting 90%
tourism/recreation 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: Haute Soule : Forêt des Arbailles. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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