An area of ponds, a river with riverine forest, cliffs and rocky slopes, conifer forests, and alpine meadows.
This is an important site for breeding mountain and forest species. The site is a major migratory bottleneck, where more than 20,000 raptors pass on a regular basis (including Pernis apivorus 10,000; Milvus migrans 20,000; Buteo buteo 20,000).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
High levels of tourism and hunting cause disturbance to breeding birds.
National High International None10,781 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Haute Chaîne du Jura, 10,781 ha). 300 ha of IBA covered by Hunting Reserve (300 ha).
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Haute chaîne du Jura: défilé de l'écluse, Etournel et Mont Vuache. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 22/09/2020.