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Location France, Aquitaine
Central coordinates 1o 23.00' West  43o 10.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iv, B1i, B1iv, C2, C5
Area 14,500 ha
Altitude 1,000 m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux



Site description The site has deciduous forests, heathland, meadows, scree, cliffs, hedgerows and rivers.

Key Biodiversity The site is a major migratory bottleneck, where more than 20,000 raptors and 3,000 cranes regularly pass (including Pernis apivorus 10,000; Milvus migrans 5,000; Milvus milvus 2,500; Grus grus 15,000).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Crane Grus grus passage  1991  1,000-15,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes passage  1991  18,500-32,500 individuals  A4iv, B1iv, C5   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
LA NIVE - FR7200786 Habitats Directive 11,010 protected area overlaps with site 1,636  
MASSIF DU BAYGOURA - FR7200758 Habitats Directive 3,475 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
MASSIF DU MONDARRAIN ET DE L'ARTZAMENDI - FR7200759 Habitats Directive 5,269 protected area overlaps with site 2,131  
MONTAGNES DES ALDUDES - FR7200756 Habitats Directive 17,440 protected area overlaps with site 10,328  
Vallée de la Nive des Aldudes, Col de Lindux - FR7212012 Birds Directive 14,800 protected area contains site 14,500  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  -

Land use

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

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Vallée de la Nive des Aldudes-Col de Lindux. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/12/2014

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