Mont Blanc (Italian side)

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
The Italian side of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain of the Alps, from Col de la Seigne up to Col Ferret. The site includes typical alpine habitats, especially glaciers (50% of the area) and rocky areas.

Key biodiversity
An important breeding site for five of the 10 species of the Eurasian high-montane biome, and for two gamebirds.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats are posed by tourism and land abandonment. There are thousands of visitors each year, putting strong pressure on such a fragile environment. The abandonment of grazing means that many grassland areas are reverting to scrub. The area is a proposed International Parc between Italy and France, and is a proposed Special Area for Conservation.

Protected areas
National None International None

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mont Blanc (Italian side). Downloaded from on 10/08/2022.