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Location France, Limousin
Central coordinates 2o 30.00' East  45o 42.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, B1iv, B2, C2, C6
Area 64,900 ha
Altitude 650 - 980m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux



Site description The site includes heathlands, meadows, ponds and marshes, deciduous and coniferous woodlands, bogs, hedgerows and bocages.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Kite Milvus migrans breeding  1991  1-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Red Kite Milvus milvus breeding  1991  1-10 breeding pairs  C6  Near Threatened 
Short-toed Snake-eagle Circaetus gallicus breeding  1991  3-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Circus cyaneus breeding  1991  1-10 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1991  5-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus passage  1991  1,000-10,000 individuals  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio breeding  1991  100-500 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Wood Lark Lullula arborea breeding  1991  100-500 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes passage  1991  3,000 individuals  B1iv   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
FORET DE LA CUBESSE - FR7401110 Habitats Directive 150 protected area contained by site 150  
HAUTE VALLEE DE LA VIENNE - FR7401148 Habitats Directive 1,318 protected area overlaps with site 917  
LANDES ET ZONES HUMIDES AUTOUR DU LAC DE VASSIVIERE - FR7401145 Habitats Directive 798 protected area overlaps with site 609  
LANDES ET ZONES HUMIDES DE LA HAUTE VEZERE - FR7401105 Habitats Directive 7,707 protected area contained by site 7,707  
PLATEAU DE MILLEVACHES - FR7412003 Birds Directive 65,974 protected area contains site 64,900  
TOURBIERE DE NEGARIOUX MALSAGNE - FR7401104 Habitats Directive 199 protected area contained by site 199  
TOURBIERES ET FONDS TOURBEUX DE BONNEFOND PERET BEL AIR - FR7401123 Habitats Directive 539 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
VALLEE DE LA GIOUNE - FR7401128 Habitats Directive 975 protected area contained by site 975  
VALLEE DU TAURION ET AFFLUENTS - FR7401146 Habitats Directive 5,000 protected area overlaps with site 1,722  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  -
Shrubland Heathland  -
Grassland Dry siliceous grassland; Humid grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs; Rivers and streams; Standing brackish and salt water; Standing freshwater  5%
Artificial - terrestrial Perennial crops, orchards and groves  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
forestry -
hunting -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -
water management -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Plateaux de Millevaches et de Gentioux. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/10/2014

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