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Location France, Languedoc-Roussillon
Central coordinates 2o 43.00' East  42o 53.00' North
IBA criteria A4iv, B1iv, B2, B3, C5, C6
Area 47,400 ha
Altitude 34 - 969m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description The site contains maquis, garrigue, vineyards and rocky slopes.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for species associated with Mediterranean habitats. It is also a major migratory bottleneck, where more than 20,000 raptors regularly pass (including Pernis apivorus 20,000; Milvus migrans 5,000). 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
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1997  30-50 breeding pairs  B3, C6  Least Concern 
Bonelli's Eagle Aquila fasciata breeding  1996  2 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Circaetus gallicus breeding  1997  20-30 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo breeding  1997  30-50 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  1997  50-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Thekla Lark Galerida theklae breeding  1996  50-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata breeding  1997  200-300 breeding pairs  C6  Near Threatened 
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes passage  1996-1997  25,000 individuals  A4iv, B1iv, C5   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
FR226 Hunting Reserve 285 protected area contained by site 285  


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

Land use

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

Protection status National Low International None285 ha of IBA covered by Hunting Reserve (285 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Basses Corbières. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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