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Location France, Corse
Central coordinates 9o 4.00' East  42o 15.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3, B2, C1, C2, C6
Area 6,400 ha
Altitude 550 - 2,620m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description Gorges with sclerophyllous scrub and woodland, conifer woodland, dry grasslands, cliffs and mountain lakes.

Key Biodiversity An important site for the endemic Sitta whiteheadi and endemic subspecies such as Accipiter gentilis arrigonii, Buteo buteo arrigonii, Troglodytes troglodytes koenigi and Muscicapa striata tyrrhenica.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus breeding  1996  1 breeding pairs  B2  Near Threatened 
Corsican Nuthatch Sitta whiteheadi breeding  1991  100-500 breeding pairs  A1, A3, B2, C1, C2, C6  Vulnerable 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Native coniferous woodland  -
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs; Scree & boulders  -

Land use

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

Protection status National None International High6,000 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Vallée de la Restonica, 6,000 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Vallée de la Restonica. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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