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Location France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Central coordinates 5o 51.00' East  43o 54.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B2, C3, C6
Area 11,300 ha
Altitude 236 - 430m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description The site consists of ponds, reedbeds (Phragmites), riverine vegetation and cliffs.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for breeding and wintering waterbirds. 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
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax breeding  1991  30-60 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo winter  1991  500-1,000 individuals  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Black Kite Milvus migrans breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Larus michahellis winter  1991  1,000-10,000 individuals  A4i, B1i, C3  Not Recognised 
Calandra Lark Melanocorypha calandra breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
L'ASSE - FR9301533 Habitats Directive 21,890 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
LA DURANCE - FR9301589 Habitats Directive 15,954 protected area overlaps with site 6,118  
La Durance - FR9312003 Birds Directive 20,008 protected area overlaps with site 10,052  
Massif du Petit Luberon - FR9310075 Birds Directive 17,049 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
MONTAGNE SAINTE VICTOIRE - FORET DE PEYROLLES - MONTAGNE DES UBACS - MONTAGNE D'ARTIGUES - FR9301605 Habitats Directive 29,336 protected area is adjacent to site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved evergreen woodland  -
Grassland Humid grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
hunting -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Moyenne Vallée de la Durance. Downloaded from on 26/04/2015

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