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Location France, Languedoc-Roussillon
Central coordinates 3o 40.00' East  44o 15.00' North
IBA criteria B2, B3, C6
Area 92,000 ha
Altitude 380 - 1,700m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux



Site description A mountainous area with deciduous and conifer forests, large areas of heathlands, scree and rocky slopes and alpine meadows.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for species associated with open upland habitats and forest, particularly breeding raptors. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Tetrax tetrax (1-10 breeding pairs).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Western Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Falco peregrinus breeding  1991  1-10 breeding pairs  B2  Not Recognised 
European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus breeding  1991  30-100 breeding pairs  B3, C6  Least Concern 
Circus cyaneus breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  B3, C6  Least Concern 
Circaetus gallicus breeding  1991  20-100 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Burhinus oedicnemus breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio breeding  1991  100-500 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Rufous-tailed Rock-thrush Monticola saxatilis breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
FR244 Hunting Reserve 1,000 protected area contained by site 1,000  
FR244 UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 84,000 protected area contained by site 84,000  
Les Cevennes National Park 91,500 protected area overlaps with site 85,100  

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  51%
Shrubland Heathland  30%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland; Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  17%
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  -
Caves and subterranean habitats (non-aquatic) Caves  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  -
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 High International Partial85,100 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Les Cévennes, 91,500 ha). 1,000 ha of IBA covered by Hunting Reserve (1,000 ha). 84,000 ha of IBA covered by Biosphere Reserve (84,000 ha). 77,600 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Les Cévennes, 84,000 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Parc National des Cévennes. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/07/2015

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