Haut Giffre

Quick facts

  • Natura 2000 site (code FR8201700)
  • Under Habitats Directive
  • Since April 2002
  • Country: France
  • Administrative region: Rhône-Alpes (FR71)
  • Surface area: 124 km2 (12409.00 ha)
  • Marine area: 0%
  • Located in Alpine biogeographical region
  • It protects 9 species of the Nature Directives
  • It protects 32 habitat types of the Habitats Directive

Source and more information: Natura 2000 Standard Data Form



Species summary

Nature directives' species in this site (9)
Species group Number
Flowering Plants 2
Invertebrates 2
Mammals 4
Mosses & Liverworts 1

Habitat types

Habitat type code Habitat type english name Cover [ha]
3130 Oligotrophic to mesotrophic standing waters with vegetation of the Littorelletea uniflorae and/or of the Isoeto-Nanojuncetea 0.08
3150 Natural eutrophic lakes with Magnopotamion or Hydrocharition -type vegetation 0.01
3220 Alpine rivers and the herbaceous vegetation along their banks 7.45
3230 Alpine rivers and their ligneous vegetation with Myricaria germanica 0.1
3240 Alpine rivers and their ligneous vegetation with Salix elaeagnos 0.1
4060 Alpine and Boreal heaths 292.85
4080 Sub-Arctic Salix spp scrub 0.1
6150 Siliceous alpine and boreal grasslands 0.01
6170 Alpine and subalpine calcareous grasslands 4058.98
6430 Hydrophilous tall herb fringe communities of plains and of the montane to alpine levels 16.13
6520 Mountain hay meadows 117.89
7110 Active raised bogs 0.1
7220 Petrifying springs with tufa formation (Cratoneurion) 0.1
7230 Alkaline fens 17.37
7240 Alpine pioneer formations of the Caricion bicoloris-atrofuscae 179.93
8110 Siliceous scree of the montane to snow levels (Androsacetalia alpinae and Galeopsietalia ladani) 31.02
8120 Calcareous and calcshist screes of the montane to alpine levels (Thlaspietea rotundifolii) 2639.39
8160 Medio-European calcareous scree of hill and montane levels 3.72
8210 Calcareous rocky slopes with chasmophytic vegetation 2010.26
8220 Siliceous rocky slopes with chasmophytic vegetation 38.47
8240 Limestone pavements 640.3
8310 Caves not open to the public 0
8340 Permanent glaciers 138.98
9110 Luzulo-Fagetum beech forests 1.24
9130 Asperulo-Fagetum beech forests 655.2
9140 Medio-European subalpine beech woods with Acer and Rumex arifolius 12.41
9150 Medio-European limestone beech forests of the Cephalanthero-Fagion 12.41
9180 Tilio-Acerion forests of slopes, screes and ravines 58.32
91E0 Alluvial forests with Alnus glutinosa and Fraxinus excelsior (Alno-Padion, Alnion incanae, Salicion albae) 13.65
9410 Acidophilous Picea forests of the montane to alpine levels (Vaccinio-Piceetea) 1226.01
9420 Alpine Larix decidua and/or Pinus cembra forests 0.1
9430 Subalpine and montane Pinus uncinata forests (* if on gypsum or limestone) 0.1

Designation information

NATURA 2000 is the ecological network for the conservation of wild animals and plant species and natural habitats of Community importance within the Union. It consists of sites classified under the Birds Directive and the Habitats Directive (the Nature Directives).

NATURA 2000 site under

Birds Directive 2009/147/EC (SPA) Not under Birds directive
Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC (SCI) Under Habitats directive
  • Date proposed as Site of Community Importance (SCI)
April 2002
  • Date confirmed as Site of Community Importance
December 2003
Date designated as Special Area of Conservation (SAC) October 2008
Date of Standard data form update May 2017

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