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Location France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Central coordinates 5o 12.00' East  43o 34.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, C1, C6
Area 34,500 ha
Altitude 135 - 479m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description The site contains garrigue, cultivated areas, dry meadows, Mediterranean woodlands, cliffs, a river and a reservoir.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for breeding raptors, Tetrax tetrax, and species associated with Mediterranean habitats. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Falco naumanni (irregularly breeds).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bonelli's Eagle Aquila fasciata breeding  1996  5 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Milvus migrans breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Circaetus gallicus breeding  1991  5-10 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax breeding  1996  10-20 breeding pairs  A1, C1, C6  Near Threatened 
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo breeding  1991  10-20 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
European Roller Coracias garrulus breeding  1991  10-50 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
La Barben Private Reserve 285 protected area contained by site 285  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved evergreen woodland  -
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  -
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
hunting -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -
water management -

Protection status National Low International Low285 ha of IBA covered by Private Reserve (La Barben, 285 ha). 285 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Plateau de L'Arbois: la Barben, 285 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Plateau de l'Arbois, garrigues de Lancon et chaîne des Côtes. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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