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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.

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 
Short-toed Snake-eagle Circaetus gallicus breeding  1991  20-100 breeding pairs  B2, 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 
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)  
CAUSSE MEJAN - FR9101379 Habitats Directive 1,272 protected area overlaps with site 463  
CAUSSE NOIR - FR9101381 Habitats Directive 6,205 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
CAUSSE NOIR - FR9112014 Birds Directive 6,116 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
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  
Gorges de la Dourbie et causses avoisinants - FR7312007 Birds Directive 28,116 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
GORGES DU TARN ET DE LA JONTE - FR9110105 Birds Directive 38,684 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
HAUTES VALLEES DE LA CEZE ET DU LUECH - FR9101364 Habitats Directive 13,080 protected area overlaps with site 1,077  
Les Cevennes National Park 91,500 protected area overlaps with site 85,100  
Les Cévennes - FR9110033 Birds Directive 92,044 protected area contains site 92,000  
MASSIF DE L'AIGOUAL ET DU LINGAS - FR9101371 Habitats Directive 10,593 protected area overlaps with site 10,161  
MONT LOZERE - FR9101361 Habitats Directive 11,687 protected area contained by site 11,687  
VALDONNEZ - FR9102008 Habitats Directive 5,010 protected area overlaps with site 993  
VALLEE DU GARDON DE MIALET - FR9101367 Habitats Directive 23,420 protected area overlaps with site 4,122  
VALLEE DU GARDON DE SAINT-JEAN - FR9101368 Habitats Directive 19,060 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
VALLEES DU TARN, DU TARNON ET DE LA MIMENTE - FR9101363 Habitats Directive 10,514 protected area overlaps with site 5,386  

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 (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Parc National des Cévennes. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/08/2014

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