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Location France, Corse
Central coordinates 9o 21.00' East  41o 33.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, B1ii, B2, B3, C2, C6
Area 5,040 ha
Altitude 0 - 35m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description Open sea, rocky islets with coastal cliffs covered by Mediterranean scrub.

Key Biodiversity This is an important area for breeding seabirds. It is also one of the few breeding sites for Larus audouinii in France.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Calonectris diomedea breeding  1991  79-115 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
European Storm-petrel Hydrobates pelagicus breeding  1991  70-75 breeding pairs  B1ii, C2  Least Concern 
European Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis breeding  1991  120-185 breeding pairs  B1i, B3, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Audouin's Gull Larus audouinii breeding  1995  2 breeding pairs  B2  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Bouches de Bonifacio, Iles des Moines - FR9402015 Habitats Directive 94,612 protected area overlaps with site 544  
Iles Cerbicale Corsican Nature Reserve 36 protected area contained by site 60  
Iles Cerbicale Hunting Reserve 5,000 protected area contained by site 5,000  
Iles Cerbicale - FR9410022 Birds Directive 4,996 protected area overlaps with site 4,063  
ILES CERBICALE ET FRANGE LITTORAL - FR9400587 Habitats Directive 3,698 protected area contained by site 3,698  
Iles Lavezzi, Bouches de Bonifacio - FR9410021 Birds Directive 98,941 protected area overlaps with site 512  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved evergreen woodland  -
Sea Open Sea  -
Coastline Rock stacks and islets; Sand dunes & beaches  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting -
tourism/recreation -

Protection status National High International High60 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Iles Cerbicale, 60 ha). 5,000 ha of IBA covered by Hunting Reserve (Iles Cerbicale, 5,000 ha). 5,036 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Iles Cerbicale, 5,036 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Iles Cerbicale. Downloaded from on 27/03/2015

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