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Location France, Limousin
Central coordinates 2o 30.00' East  45o 42.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, B1iv, B2, C2, C5, 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.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for forest and heathland birds and migrating raptors. The site is a migratory bottleneck where more than 3,000 Grus grus regularly pass.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Red Kite Milvus milvus breeding  1991  1-10 breeding pairs  C6  Near Threatened 
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 
Milvus migrans breeding  1991  1-10 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Circaetus gallicus breeding  1991  3-10 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
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  1,000-10,000 individuals  B1iv, C5   

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 (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Plateaux de Millevaches et de Gentioux. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 05/07/2015

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