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Location France, Corse
Central coordinates 9o 0.00' East  42o 7.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3, B2, C1, C2, C6
Area 50,217 ha
Altitude 100 - 2,300m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description Old conifer and deciduous forests with streams, scree, cliffs and alpine grasslands.

Key Biodiversity The most important area in Corsica for the endemic Sitta whiteheadi.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus breeding  1996  3-5 breeding pairs  B2  Near Threatened 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos breeding  1991  10-20 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Corsican Nuthatch Sitta whiteheadi breeding  1991  1,000-1,500 breeding pairs  A1, A2, A3, B2, C1, C2, C6  Vulnerable 

IBA Monitoring

2013 high unfavourable medium

Biological resource use logging & wood harvesting - unintentional effects: large scale happening now whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Natural system modifications fire & fire suppression - increase in fire frequency/intensity happening now whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration high

Forest Native coniferous woodland  0 0 good (> 90%) poor (40-69%) unfavourable

Sitta whiteheadi Corsican Nuthatch 1250 650 breeding pairs 52 unfavourable

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species  Very little or no conservation action taking place  medium 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Gulf of Porto: Calanche of Piana, Gulf of Girolata, Scandola Reserve World Heritage Site 11,800 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Tavignano UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 15 protected area contained by site 15  
Vallée du Fango UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 23,500 protected area contained by site 6,500  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Broadleaved evergreen woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  -
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs; Scree & boulders  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
forestry 100%
hunting -
tourism/recreation -

Protection status National Low International Partial15 ha of IBA covered by Biological State Reserve (Tavignano, 15 ha). 6,500 ha of IBA covered by Biosphere Reserve (Réserve de la Biosphère du Fango, 6,500 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Forêts domaniales de Corse. Downloaded from on 26/11/2015

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