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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.

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  

Habitats

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 (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hautes Corbières. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/07/2014

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