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Location France, Languedoc-Roussillon
Central coordinates 2o 36.00' East  43o 1.00' North
IBA criteria B1iv, B2, C5, C6
Area 74,750 ha
Altitude 89 - 1,230m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description The IBA includes maquis, garrigue, forest and cliffs.

Key Biodiversity The site is a migratory bottleneck, where more than 3,000 raptors regularly pass (including Pernis apivorus 3,000; Milvus migrans 2,000). Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Tetrax tetrax (breeding).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Falco peregrinus breeding  1991  5-10 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus breeding  1997  10-30 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Short-toed Snake-eagle Circaetus gallicus breeding  1997  20-50 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo breeding  1998  30-50 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  1997  50-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio breeding  1997  100-200 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata breeding  1997  100-200 breeding pairs  C6  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Basses Corbières - FR9110111 Birds Directive 29,380 protected area overlaps with site 8,378  
CORBIERES OCCIDENTALES - FR9112027 Birds Directive 22,965 protected area overlaps with site 11,630  
CORBIERES ORIENTALES - FR9112008 Birds Directive 25,429 protected area overlaps with site 10,043  
FR225 Hunting Reserve 0 protected area contained by site 0  
HAUTES CORBIERES - FR9112028 Birds Directive 28,398 protected area overlaps with site 10,052  
VALLEE DE L'ORBIEU - FR9101489 Habitats Directive 17,390 protected area overlaps with site 10,049  
VALLEE DU TORGAN - FR9101458 Habitats Directive 1,009 protected area overlaps with site 360  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Broadleaved evergreen woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  -
Shrubland Heathland; Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  -
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  -
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Raised bogs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs; Scree & boulders  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Ruderal land  -
Caves and subterranean habitats (non-aquatic) Caves  -

Land use

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

Protection status National Low International NonePart of IBA covered by Hunting Reserve.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hautes Corbières. Downloaded from on 18/04/2015

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