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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 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Haute vallée du Fium Grossu - FR9412005 Birds Directive 1,492 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Haute vallée du Verghello - FR9412006 Birds Directive 1,529 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
MASSIF DU ROTONDO - FR9400578 Habitats Directive 15,295 protected area contains site 6,400  
Vallée de la Restonica - FR9410084 Birds Directive 6,430 protected area contains site 6,400  


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 (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Vallée de la Restonica. Downloaded from on 05/05/2015

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