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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
Black Kite Milvus migrans breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Short-toed Snake-eagle Circaetus gallicus breeding  1991  5-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Bonelli's Eagle Aquila fasciata breeding  1996  5 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
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  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Garrigues de Lançon et Chaînes alentour - FR9310069 Birds Directive 27,471 protected area contained by site 27,471  
La Barben Private Reserve 285 protected area contained by site 285  
Plateau de l'Arbois - FR9312009 Birds Directive 4,292 protected area contained by site 4,292  


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 (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Plateau de l'Arbois, garrigues de Lancon et chaîne des Côtes. Downloaded from on 26/04/2015

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