Gorges de l'Hérault

Quick facts

  • Natura 2000 site (code FR9101388)
  • Under Habitats Directive
  • Since April 2002
  • Country: France
  • Administrative region: Languedoc-Roussillon (FR81)
  • Surface area: 217 km2 (21736.00 ha)
  • Marine area: 0%
  • Located in Mediterranean biogeographical region
  • It protects 27 species of the Nature Directives
  • It protects 20 habitat types of the Habitats Directive

Source and more information: Natura 2000 Standard Data Form



Species summary

Nature directives' species in this site (27)
Species group Number
Fishes 6
Invertebrates 11
Mammals 10

Habitat types

Habitat type code Habitat type english name Cover [ha]
3170 Mediterranean temporary ponds 1
3250 Constantly flowing Mediterranean rivers with Glaucium flavum 58
3260 Water courses of plain to montane levels with the Ranunculion fluitantis and Callitricho-Batrachion vegetation 19
3280 Constantly flowing Mediterranean rivers with Paspalo-Agrostidion species and hanging curtains of Salix and Populus alba 217.36
3290 Intermittently flowing Mediterranean rivers of the Paspalo-Agrostidion 8
5110 Stable xero-thermophilous formations with Buxus sempervirens on rock slopes (Berberidion pp) 46
5210 Arborescent matorral with Juniperus spp 1521.52
6210 Semi-natural dry grasslands and scrubland facies on calcareous substrates (Festuco-Brometalia) (* important orchid sites) 872
6220 Pseudo-steppe with grasses and annuals of the Thero-Brachypodietea 2620
6420 Mediterranean tall humid grasslands of the Molinio-Holoschoenion 6
7220 Petrifying springs with tufa formation (Cratoneurion) 1
8130 Western Mediterranean and thermophilous scree 1176
8210 Calcareous rocky slopes with chasmophytic vegetation 2232
8310 Caves not open to the public 1
91B0 Thermophilous Fraxinus angustifolia woods 217.36
91E0 Alluvial forests with Alnus glutinosa and Fraxinus excelsior (Alno-Padion, Alnion incanae, Salicion albae) 77
92A0 Salix alba and Populus alba galleries 383
9340 Quercus ilex and Quercus rotundifolia forests 6824
9380 Forests of Ilex aquifolium 0.1
9530 (Sub-) Mediterranean pine forests with endemic black pines 482

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
July 2006
Date designated as Special Area of Conservation (SAC) March 2011
Date of Standard data form update October 2014

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