Gorges de la Sioule

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2000

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus LC breeding 1991 10-30 breeding pairs C6
Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus LC breeding 1991 3 breeding pairs B2, C6
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus LC breeding 1991 5-10 breeding pairs C6
Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus LC breeding 1991 8-10 breeding pairs C6
Red Kite Milvus milvus LC breeding 1991 20-30 breeding pairs B3, C6

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Méandres de la Sioule Réserve biologique 358 protected area overlaps with site 0
Gorges de la Sioule Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 3,577 protected area overlaps with site 2,873
Gorges de la Sioule Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 26,070 protected area contains site 25,250
Gîtes de la Sioule Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 730 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Gîte de reproduction de Châteauneuf Terrain acquis par un conservatoire d'espaces naturels 1 protected area contained by site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland -
Shrubland Heathland -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) Inland cliffs -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
hunting -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Gorges de la Sioule. Downloaded from on 25/03/2023.