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
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo LC breeding 1991 12-20 breeding pairs B2, C6
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus LC breeding 1991 10-100 breeding pairs B3, C6
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus LC breeding 1997 1-10 breeding pairs B2
Woodlark Lullula arborea LC breeding 1991 10-100 breeding pairs C6
Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata NT breeding 1991 100-500 breeding pairs B2, C6
Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris LC breeding 1997 10-100 breeding pairs C6
Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana LC breeding 1997 10-100 breeding pairs 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

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Saint Jean de Minervois Arrêté de protection de biotope 89 protected area contained by site 0
Minervois Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 24,820 protected area overlaps with site 13,696
Les Causses du Minervois Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 21,805 protected area overlaps with site 13,389
Haut-Languedoc Parc naturel régional 305,719 protected area overlaps with site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Native coniferous woodland, Alluvial and very wet forest, Broadleaved evergreen woodland -
Shrubland Heathland, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Rivers and streams -
Caves and Subterranean Habitats (non-aquatic) Caves -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land, Perennial crops, orchards and groves, Ruderal land -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) Scree & boulders, Inland cliffs -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
forestry -
hunting -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Minervois. Downloaded from on 24/11/2020.