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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.

Key Biodiversity The site is a major migratory bottleneck, where more than 20,000 raptors regularly pass (including Pernis apivorus 18,000; Milvus migrans 13,000; Milvus milvus 4,600) and 15,000 Grus grus.

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  

Habitats

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 http://www.birdlife.org on 23/11/2014

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