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Location France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Central coordinates 5o 38.00' East  43o 34.00' North
IBA criteria B2, B3, C6
Area 15,000 ha
Altitude 400 - 1,000m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux



Site description The site includes mountains and hills with cliffs, maquis and garrigue, dry calcareous grassland and agricultural land.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Short-toed Snake-eagle Circaetus gallicus breeding  1991  23 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo breeding  1991  7-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  1991  50-75 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Wood Lark Lullula arborea breeding  1991  100-200 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans breeding  1991  500 breeding pairs  B3  Least Concern 
Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata breeding  1991  500 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Near Threatened 
Blue Rock-thrush Monticola solitarius breeding  1991  1-10 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
MONTAGNE SAINTE VICTOIRE - FORET DE PEYROLLES - MONTAGNE DES UBACS - MONTAGNE D'ARTIGUES - FR9301605 Habitats Directive 29,336 protected area overlaps with site 11,601  
Montagne Sainte Victoire - FR9310067 Birds Directive 15,493 protected area overlaps with site 11,154  
Sainte-Victoire National Nature Reserve 140 protected area contained by site 139  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  -
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  83%
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  -
Caves and subterranean habitats (non-aquatic) Caves  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Ruderal land  -
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 Low International Partial139 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Reserve Naturelle géologique de la Sainte-Victoire, 139 ha). 5,300 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Montagne Sainte-Victoire, 5,300 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Montagne Sainte-Victoire. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/07/2014

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