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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 
Black Kite Milvus migrans breeding  1991  10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Short-toed Snake-eagle Circaetus gallicus breeding  1991  4 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
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 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
MASSIF DE SAOU ET CRETES DE LA TOUR - FR8212018 Birds Directive 6,677 protected area contains site 5,050  
PELOUSES, FORETS ET GROTTES DU MASSIF DE SAOU - FR8201686 Habitats Directive 2,463 protected area contained by site 2,463  


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 (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Forêt de Saou. Downloaded from on 05/05/2015

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