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Location France, Languedoc-Roussillon
Central coordinates 4o 24.00' East  43o 55.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, B3, C1, C6
Area 19,500 ha
Altitude 28 - 227m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description An area of garrigue and forest, traversed by the River Gardon, with associated cliffs and a canyon.

Key Biodiversity This is an important area for breeding raptors and species associated with Mediterranean habitats. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex (passage).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax breeding  1991  5-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus breeding  1997  2 breeding pairs  C6  Endangered 
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1991  10-45 breeding pairs  B3, C6  Least Concern 
Bonelli's Eagle Aquila fasciata breeding  1996  2 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Milvus migrans breeding  1991  5-10 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax breeding  1996  30 breeding pairs  A1, C1, C6  Near Threatened 
European Roller Coracias garrulus breeding  1991  10-15 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 


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

Land use

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

Protection status National None International Low328 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Gorges du Gardon, 328 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Gorges du Gardon. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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