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Location France, Rhône-Alpes
Central coordinates 5o 30.00' East  45o 13.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 52,800 ha
Altitude 450 - 2,120m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux



Site description Mountains and cliffs with fast-flowing rivers, woodlands, moorlands and arable fields.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Grouse Lyrurus tetrix breeding  1991  100-200 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Falco peregrinus breeding  1991  10-15 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus breeding  1991  1-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Short-toed Snake-eagle Circaetus gallicus breeding  1991  1-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo breeding  1991  5-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Boreal Owl Aegolius funereus breeding  1991  30-40 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Hauts Plateaux du Vercors National Nature Reserve 16,662 protected area contained by site 16,662  
HAUTS PLATEAUX DU VERCORS - FR8210017 Birds Directive 17,605 protected area overlaps with site 16,606  
LANDES, PELOUSES, FORETS REMARQUABLES ET HABITATS ROCHEUX DES HAUTS PLATEAUX ET DE LA BORDURE ORIENTALE DU VERCORS - FR8201744 Habitats Directive 19,573 protected area overlaps with site 17,232  
PELOUSES, FORETS REMARQUABLES ET HABITATS ROCHEUX DU PLATEAU DU SORNIN - FR8201745 Habitats Directive 1,319 protected area overlaps with site 147  
PRAIRIES A ORCHIDEES, TUFFIERES ET GORGES DE LA BOURNE - FR8201743 Habitats Directive 3,533 protected area overlaps with site 1,553  
TUFFIERES DU VERCORS - FR8201696 Habitats Directive 71 protected area overlaps with site 32  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  -
Shrubland Heathland  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  -

Land use

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

Protection status National Partial International Partial16,662 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Hauts Plateaux du Vercors, 16,662 ha). 16,662 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Hauts Plateaux du Vercors, 16,662 ha)

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hauts Plateaux du Vercors et Forêt des Coulmes. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/07/2014

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