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Location France, Languedoc-Roussillon
Central coordinates 2o 46.00' East  43o 22.00' North
IBA criteria B2, B3, C6
Area 19,000 ha
Altitude 68 - 696m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description An area of Quercus and Pinus forests, garrigue and rocky areas, vineyards, orchards, arable fields and rivers. Forestry and agriculture are the main human activities.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for breeding raptors.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Falco peregrinus breeding  1997  1-10 breeding pairs  B2  Not Recognised 
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  B3, C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo breeding  1991  12-20 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Wood Lark Lullula arborea breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata breeding  1991  100-500 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Near Threatened 
Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris breeding  1997  10-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana breeding  1997  10-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved evergreen woodland; Native coniferous woodland  -
Shrubland Heathland; Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  -
Caves and subterranean habitats (non-aquatic) Caves  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; 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 None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Minervois. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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