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Location France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Central coordinates 6o 3.00' East  43o 50.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, B3, C1, C6
Area 22,500 ha
Altitude 540 - 820m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description The site contains a cultivated plateau with garrigue, dry meadows, woodlands and abandoned fields.

Key Biodiversity An important site for breeding species found in Mediterranean habitats.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  B3, C6  Least Concern 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax breeding  1996  20 breeding pairs  A1, C1, C6  Near Threatened 
Burhinus oedicnemus breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Eurasian Scops-owl Otus scops breeding  1991  1-10 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Little Owl Athene noctua breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Calandra Lark Melanocorypha calandra breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  10%
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  10%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Ruderal land  85%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 85%
forestry -
hunting 10%
urban/industrial/transport -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Plateau de Valensole. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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