FR237
Montagnes de Marcou, de l'Espinouse et du Caroux


IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2000 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana LC breeding 1991 10-100 breeding pairs C6

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2000).


IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Montagne de l'Espinouse et du Caroux Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 3,392 protected area overlaps with site 3,392
Le Caroux-Espinouse Réserve nationale de chasse et de faune sauvage 1,703 protected area overlaps with site 0
Le Caroux et l'Espinouse Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 2,316 protected area overlaps with site 2,321
Le Caroux Hunting Reserve 0 protected area contained by site 0
La Peyroutarié, le Fourcat d'Héric et le Mascar Arrêté de protection de biotope 321 protected area contained by site 0
Haut-Languedoc Parc naturel régional 305,719 protected area overlaps with site 0
Grands Causses Parc naturel régional 327,937 protected area overlaps with site 0
FR245 Biological Reserve 0 protected area contained by site 0
Espinouse Réserve biologique 186 protected area overlaps with site 0
Crêtes du Mont Marcou et des Monts de Mare Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 1,481 protected area overlaps with site 1,052

Habitats

Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland -
Shrubland Heathland, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams, Raised bogs, Fens, transition mires and springs -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) Scree & boulders, Inland cliffs -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
hunting -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Montagnes de Marcou, de l'Espinouse et du Caroux. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/montagnes-de-marcou-de-lespinouse-et-du-caroux-iba-france on 23/09/2023.