Country/territory: France

IBA criteria met: A1, B2, C1, C2, C6 (2000)
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Area: 40,100 ha

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description (baseline)
An area of mainly dry calcareous grassland with sclerophyllous scrub, and old orchards. The main land-uses are extensive traditional sheep-farming; and growing almonds and olives.

Key biodiversity
This is the only large semi-arid plain in France, and supports important populations of typical steppe breeding species.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Crau. Downloaded from on 03/06/2023.