Gorges du Gardon

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2000 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax NT breeding 1996 30 breeding pairs A1, C1, C6
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax LC breeding 1991 5-10 breeding pairs C6
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus EN breeding 1997 2 breeding pairs C6
Bonelli's Eagle Aquila fasciata LC breeding 1996 2 breeding pairs B2
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus LC breeding 1991 10-45 breeding pairs B3, C6
Milvus migrans NR breeding 1991 5-10 breeding pairs C6
European Roller Coracias garrulus LC breeding 1991 10-15 breeding pairs C6

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2000).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Le Gardon et ses gorges Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 7,009 protected area overlaps with site 6,315
Gorges du Gardon Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 7,024 protected area overlaps with site 6,314
Gorges du Gardon Réserve naturelle régionale 491 protected area contained by site 0
Gorges du Gardon Arrêté de protection de biotope 328 protected area contained by site 0
Camp des Garigues Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 2,089 protected area contained by site 2,089


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland, Alluvial and very wet forest, Broadleaved evergreen woodland -
Shrubland Heathland, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis -
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Rivers and streams -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) Scree & boulders, Inland cliffs -
Artificial/Terrestrial Highly improved re-seeded landscapes, Arable land, Perennial crops, orchards and groves, Ruderal land -
Caves and Subterranean Habitats (non-aquatic) Caves -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Gorges du Gardon. Downloaded from on 25/09/2023.