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Location France, Midi-Pyrénées
Central coordinates 2o 17.00' East  44o 16.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, C1, C6
Area 11,100 ha
Altitude 390 - 1,000m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description A fast-flowing river with woodland, scrub and cliffs. Major roads run through the area.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for breeding raptors. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aegypius monachus (breeding).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Falco peregrinus breeding  1991  3-4 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus winter  1997  16 individuals  A1, C1  Near Threatened 
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus breeding  1997  50 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos breeding  1991  4 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Circaetus gallicus breeding  1991  8-12 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo breeding  1991  5 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius breeding  1991  10-20 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax breeding  1991  30-40 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Native coniferous woodland  -
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  -
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 Low130 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Gorge de la Jonte, 130 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Gorges du Tarn et de la Jonte. Downloaded from on 13/10/2015

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