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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.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for forest and mountain species.

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 
Circaetus gallicus breeding  1991  1-10 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
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  


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 (2015) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Hauts Plateaux du Vercors et Forêt des Coulmes. Downloaded from on 02/12/2015

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