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Location France, Midi-Pyrénées
Central coordinates 0o 58.00' East  42o 50.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 40,100 ha
Altitude 700 - 2,838m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description Alpine meadows, with conifer and deciduous forests, scree and rocky slopes, glaciers and permanent snow.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for breeding raptors and gamebirds but population sizes are not well known.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus breeding  1996  1-2 breeding pairs  B2  Near Threatened 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos breeding  1991  4-5 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Haut-Vallier Hunting Reserve 8,815 protected area contained by site 8,815  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Native coniferous woodland  -
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland  -
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 Partial International None8,815 ha of IBA covered by Hunting Reserve (Haut-Vallier, 8,815 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Vallée de Melles, cols d'Aoueran et d'Artisagou et Mont Vallier. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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