Haute Soule : Forêt d'Irraty, Organbidexka et Pic des Escaliers

Country/territory: France

IBA Criteria met: A4iv, B1iv, C5, C6 (2000)
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Area: 5,500 ha

Protection status:

Ligue Pour La Protection des Oiseaux

Site description
A large mountain area encompassing mixed forests of Fagus and Picea, heathland, cliffs, screes and rivers.

Key biodiversity
The site is a major migratory bottleneck, where more than 20,000 raptors regularly pass (including Pernis apivorus 18,000; Milvus migrans 13,000; Milvus milvus 4,600) and 15,000 Grus grus.

Raptors MOU - IBA listed under Table 3 of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Haute Soule : Forêt d'Irraty, Organbidexka et Pic des Escaliers. Downloaded from on 13/04/2021.