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Location France, Rhône-Alpes
Central coordinates 6o 52.00' East  45o 24.00' North
IBA criteria A3, B2, C2, C6
Area 67,600 ha
Altitude 1,000 - 3,855m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux



Site description A mid- to high-altitude mountain area with conifer forests, dry meadows, alpine meadows, scree and cliffs, glaciers and permanent lying snow.

Key Biodiversity The site holds important populations of mountain, forest and raptor species. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex (irregular breeder).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Hazel Grouse Bonasa bonasia breeding  1991  100-200 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Black Grouse Lyrurus tetrix breeding  1991  120-150 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Rock Ptarmigan Lagopus muta breeding  1991  500-1,000 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Rock Partridge Alectoris graeca breeding  1991  500-600 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Near Threatened 
Falco peregrinus breeding  1991  3-10 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus breeding  1996  3 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Near Threatened 
Short-toed Snake-eagle Circaetus gallicus breeding  1991  1-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos breeding  1991  17 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo breeding  1991  5-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Pygmy-owl Glaucidium passerinum breeding  1991  1-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Boreal Owl Aegolius funereus breeding  1991  10-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  1991  5-50 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Picoides tridactylus breeding  1991  1-10 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax breeding  1991  100-500 breeding pairs  B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 
Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria breeding  1991  250-750 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-tailed Rock-thrush Monticola saxatilis breeding  1991  500-1,000 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
White-winged Snowfinch Montifringilla nivalis breeding  1991  500-1,000 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
FORMATIONS FORESTIERES ET HERBACEES DES ALPES INTERNES - FR8201779 Habitats Directive 1,562 protected area contained by site 1,562  
La Bailletaz Nature Reserve 495 protected area contained by site 495  
LA VANOISE - FR8210032 Birds Directive 53,618 protected area overlaps with site 18,293  
LES ADRETS DE TARENTAISE - FR8201777 Habitats Directive 467 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
MASSIF DE LA VANOISE - FR8201783 Habitats Directive 54,030 protected area overlaps with site 18,838  
Plan de Tuéda National Nature Reserve 1,113 protected area contained by site 1,112  
RESEAU DE VALLONS D'ALTITUDE A CARICION - FR8201780 Habitats Directive 9,516 protected area overlaps with site 2,389  
Sassieres Nature Reserve 2,230 protected area contained by site 2,230  
Vanoise National Park - Core Area 52,839 protected area overlaps with site 53,000  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Native coniferous woodland  -
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland; Dry siliceous grassland; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs; Scree & boulders  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
forestry -
hunting -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -
water management -

Protection status National Partial International Partial53,000 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Parc national de la Vanoise, 53,900 ha). 1,112 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Plan de Tueda, 1,112 ha). 2,230 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Sassières, 2,230 ha). 52,800 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (La Vanoise, 52,800 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Parc National de la Vanoise. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/12/2014

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