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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.

Key Biodiversity An important site for breeding raptors and Mediterranean species.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Circaetus gallicus breeding  1991  23 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
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)  
Sainte-Victoire National Nature Reserve 140 protected area contained by site 139  


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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Montagne Sainte-Victoire. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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