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Location France, Limousin
Central coordinates 2o 24.00' East  45o 22.00' North
IBA criteria B1iv, B2, C5, C6
Area 45,700 ha
Altitude 270 - 660m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description A fast-flowing river with pools, marshes, woodland, cultivated and uncultivated land, heathland, cliffs, and reservoirs. Human activities include mining and quarrying.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for passage and breeding raptors. The site is a migratory bottleneck, where more than 3,000 raptors pass on a regular basis (including Pernis apivorus 10,000; Milvus migrans 1,000; Milvus milvus 1,000).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Falco peregrinus breeding  1991  10 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus breeding  1991  50-75 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Red Kite Milvus milvus breeding  1991  20 breeding pairs  C6  Near Threatened 
Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus breeding  1991  14 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Milvus migrans breeding  1991  50 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Circaetus gallicus breeding  1991  7 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  85%
Shrubland Heathland  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  -

Land use

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

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Gorges de la Dordogne. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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