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Location France, Corse
Central coordinates 9o 7.00' East  42o 12.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3, B2, C1, C2, C6
Area 2,740 ha
Altitude 435 - 2,450m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description The site includes mountain streams, sclerophyllous scrub, conifer woodland and rocky areas.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for species and subspecies endemic to Corsica.

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  50-250 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 Verghello - FR9412006 Birds Directive 1,529 protected area contained by site 1,529  
MASSIF DU ROTONDO - FR9400578 Habitats Directive 15,295 protected area contains site 2,740  
Vallée de la Restonica - FR9410084 Birds Directive 6,430 protected area is adjacent to site 0  


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

Land use

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

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Vallée du Verghello. Downloaded from on 18/04/2015

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