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Location France, Aquitaine
Central coordinates 0o 44.00' West  43o 2.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C2, C6
Area 18,450 ha
Altitude 589 - 2,038m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description A montane area with Fagus forests, coniferous forests, scree, cliffs, rocky slopes and mountain rivers.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for breeding raptors, gamebirds and woodpeckers.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Western Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Grey Partridge Perdix perdix breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Falco peregrinus breeding  1991  5 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Red Kite Milvus milvus breeding  1991  1-10 breeding pairs  C6  Near Threatened 
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus breeding  1991  6 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Endangered 
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus breeding  1991  10-15 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Dendrocopos leucotos breeding  1991  5-50 breeding pairs  C2, C6  Not Recognised 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Eth Thuron des Aureys - FR7212007 Birds Directive 2,187 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Haute Soule : Massif de la Pierre St Martin - FR7212008 Birds Directive 18,353 protected area contained by site 18,353  
Hautes vallées d'Aspe et d'Ossau - FR7210087 Birds Directive 49,218 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
LE GAVE D'ASPE ET LE LOURDIOS (COURS D'EAU) - FR7200792 Habitats Directive 1,600 protected area overlaps with site 167  
LE GAVE D'OLORON (COURS D'EAU) ET MARAIS DE LABASTIDE-VILLEFRANCHE - FR7200791 Habitats Directive 2,450 protected area overlaps with site 180  
LE SAISON (COURS D'EAU) - FR7200790 Habitats Directive 2,200 protected area overlaps with site 134  
MASSIF DU LAYENS - FR7200747 Habitats Directive 5,750 protected area overlaps with site 545  
MONTAGNES DE LA HAUTE SOULE - FR7200750 Habitats Directive 14,750 protected area overlaps with site 4,069  
MONTAGNES DU BARETOUS - FR7200749 Habitats Directive 14,600 protected area overlaps with site 9,897  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  -
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland  -
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 -
forestry -
hunting -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Haute Soule : massif de la Pierre-St-Martin.. Downloaded from on 25/04/2015

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