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Location France, Languedoc-Roussillon
Central coordinates 3o 8.00' East  43o 10.00' North
IBA criteria B1iv, C5, C6
Area 10,400 ha
Altitude 10 - 200m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Key Biodiversity The site is important for species typical of Mediterranean habitats, such as Sylvia conspicillata, S. undata and Calandrella brachydactyla. The site is a migratory bottleneck, where 3,000 or more raptors regularly pass in spring (including Pernis apivorus 2,000; Milvus migrans 3,000). Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Circus macrourus (passage); Aquila clanga (passage).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo breeding  1998  10-15 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  1997  20-50 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla breeding  1997  10-20 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris breeding  1997  20-50 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana breeding  1997  20-50 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Native coniferous woodland  -
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  -
Caves and subterranean habitats (non-aquatic) Caves  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs; Scree & boulders  -

Land use

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

Protection status National None International Partial7,500 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Montagne de la Clape, 7,500 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Montagne de la Clape. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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