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Hautes garrigues du Montpellierais


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 Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus LC breeding 1997 100-250 breeding pairs C6
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax NT breeding 1996 25-30 breeding pairs A1, C1, C6
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo LC breeding 1997 30-40 breeding pairs B2, C6
Milvus migrans NR breeding 1997 10-20 breeding pairs C6
Circaetus gallicus NR breeding 1997 20-25 breeding pairs B2, C6
Bonelli's Eagle Aquila fasciata LC breeding 1996 4 breeding pairs B2, C6
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus LC breeding 1997 20-30 breeding pairs C6
European Bee-eater Merops apiaster LC breeding 1997 50-250 breeding pairs B2
European Roller Coracias garrulus LC breeding 1997 30-50 breeding pairs B2, C6
Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator LC breeding 1997 50-250 breeding pairs B2
Woodlark Lullula arborea LC breeding 1997 100-300 breeding pairs C6
Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata NT breeding 1997 250-750 breeding pairs B2, C6
Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris LC breeding 1997 100-500 breeding pairs B2, C6
Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana LC breeding 1997 50-250 breeding pairs B2, C6
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes n/a passage 1997 min 3,000 individuals B1iv, C5

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.

For more information about the IBA assessment process and criteria please click here


IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Pic Saint-Loup Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 4,440 protected area contained by site 4,440
Le Vidourle Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 210 protected area overlaps with site 38
Hautes Garrigues du Montpelliérais Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 29,380 protected area overlaps with site 43,023
Gorges de Rieutord, Fage et Cagnasse Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 25,371 protected area overlaps with site 6,013
Gorges de la Vis et de la Virenque Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 5,513 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Gorges de la Vis et cirque de Navacelles Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 12,314 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Gorges de l'Hérault Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 21,736 protected area contained by site 21,736
Causse du Larzac Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 29,619 protected area is adjacent to site 0

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland, Native coniferous 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 -
Caves and subterranean habitats (non-aquatic) Caves -
Artificial - terrestrial Highly improved re-seeded landscapes, Arable land, Perennial crops, orchards and groves, Other urban and industrial areas, Ruderal land -
Rocky areas Scree & boulders, Inland cliffs -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
forestry -
hunting -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -
water management -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hautes garrigues du Montpellierais. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/04/2019.