Montagne Sainte-Victoire

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 1991 50-75 breeding pairs C6
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo LC breeding 1991 7-10 breeding pairs C6
Short-toed Snake-eagle Circaetus gallicus LC breeding 1991 23 breeding pairs B2, C6
Woodlark Lullula arborea LC breeding 1991 100-200 breeding pairs C6
Subalpine Warbler Curruca cantillans LC breeding 1991 500 breeding pairs B3
Dartford Warbler Curruca undata NT breeding 1991 500 breeding pairs B2, C6
Blue Rock-thrush Monticola solitarius LC breeding 1991 1-10 breeding pairs B2

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)
Sainte-Victoire Réserve naturelle nationale 140 protected area overlaps with site 139
Montagne Sainte Victoire Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 32,759 protected area overlaps with site 11,601
Montagne Sainte Victoire Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 15,493 protected area overlaps with site 11,154


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest -
Shrubland 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 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 (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Montagne Sainte-Victoire. Downloaded from on 27/03/2023.