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Location France, Rhône-Alpes
Central coordinates 5o 8.00' East  44o 39.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 5,050 ha
Altitude 350 - 1,559m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description This site contains deciduous and coniferous forests, cliffs, rocky slopes and subalpine meadows.

Key Biodiversity This site is important for breeding raptors and forest birds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus breeding  1991  4 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Milvus migrans breeding  1991  10 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Circaetus gallicus breeding  1991  4 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Native coniferous woodland  82%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland  10%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Water fringe vegetation  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs; Scree & boulders  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
forestry 40%
hunting -
urban/industrial/transport -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Forêt de Saou. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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