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Location France, Aquitaine
Central coordinates 1o 3.00' West  43o 2.00' North
IBA criteria A4iv, B1iv, C5, C6
Area 5,500 ha
Altitude 530 - 1,440m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description A large mountain area encompassing mixed forests of Fagus and Picea, heathland, cliffs, screes and rivers.

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 
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes passage  1991  50,600 individuals  A4iv, B1iv, C5   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
FORET D'IRATY - FR7200753 Habitats Directive 2,500 protected area overlaps with site 2,191  
Haute Cize : Pic d'Herrozate et forêt d'Orion - FR7212015 Birds Directive 6,388 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Haute Soule : Forêt d'Iraty, Orgambidexka et Pic des Escaliers. - FR7212005 Birds Directive 5,583 protected area contains site 5,500  
LA NIVE - FR7200786 Habitats Directive 11,010 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
LE SAISON (COURS D'EAU) - FR7200790 Habitats Directive 2,200 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
MASSIF DES ARBAILLES - FR7200752 Habitats Directive 13,000 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
MONTAGNES DE LA HAUTE SOULE - FR7200750 Habitats Directive 14,750 protected area overlaps with site 594  
MONTAGNES DE SAINT-JEAN-PIED-DE-PORT - FR7200754 Habitats Directive 12,567 protected area overlaps with site 305  
MONTAGNES DU PIC DES ESCALIERS - FR7200751 Habitats Directive 8,600 protected area overlaps with site 2,114  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland  -
Shrubland Heathland  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs; Scree & boulders  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry 80%
hunting -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Haute Soule : Forêt d'Irraty, Organbidexka et Pic des Escaliers. Downloaded from on 21/10/2014

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