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Location France, Languedoc-Roussillon
Central coordinates 3o 48.00' East  43o 50.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B1iv, B2, C1, C5, C6
Area 90,700 ha
Altitude 33 - 942m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description An area of garrigue with vineyards, Pinus woodlands, rivers, cliffs and rocky slopes.

Key Biodiversity The site is a migratory bottleneck, where 3,000 or more raptors regularly pass (including Pernis apivorus 2,000; Milvus migrans 1,000).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1997  20-30 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Bonelli's Eagle Aquila fasciata breeding  1996  4 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Milvus migrans breeding  1997  10-20 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Circaetus gallicus breeding  1997  20-25 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax breeding  1996  25-30 breeding pairs  A1, C1, C6  Near Threatened 
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo breeding  1997  30-40 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  1997  100-250 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
European Roller Coracias garrulus breeding  1997  30-50 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
European Bee-eater Merops apiaster breeding  1997  50-250 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator breeding  1997  50-250 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Wood Lark Lullula arborea breeding  1997  100-300 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata breeding  1997  250-750 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Near Threatened 
Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris breeding  1997  100-500 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana breeding  1997  50-250 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes passage  1997  min 3,000 individuals  B1iv, C5   


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 Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes; Other urban and industrial areas; 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 -
water management -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Hautes garrigues du Montpellierais. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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