A mountainous area in the northern Apennines, 10 km north-east of the town of Savona. The main habitats are broadleaved and coniferous forests, cultivated and ruderal lands, streams and, in the highest areas, alpine grasslands and rocky cliffs. The main land-uses are nature conservation, forest management, sheep-rearing, and tourism.
An important `bottleneck' site for birds migrating along the French coast towards the Padana plain in spring, especially for raptors (more than 3,000 per season, especially Pernis apivorus, Circaetus gallicus and Circus aeruginosus), pigeons/doves, swifts and passerines (swallows, etc.).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threat to the area is from fires caused by man, e.g. by shepherds to create `fresh' grazing. Attempts are being made to prevent and stop woodland fires. Some or all of the site is covered by a management plan. A LIFE project has been funded for the period 1999-2000. There are ornithological studies on migratory species, especially raptors.
National Partial International None7,000 ha of IBA covered by Regional Nature Park (Monte Beigua, 17,500 ha).
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mount Beigua. Downloaded from
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