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Grand canyon du Verdon - plateau de la Palud

Quick facts

  • Natura 2000 site (code FR9301616)
  • Under Habitats Directive
  • Since April 2002
  • Country: France
  • Administrative region: Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (FR82)
  • Surface area: 98 km2 (9798.00 ha)
  • Marine area: 0%
  • Located in Mediterranean biogeographical region
  • It protects 27 species of the Nature Directives
  • It protects 25 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
Ferns 1
Fishes 5
Flowering Plants 1
Invertebrates 8
Mammals 11
Mosses & Liverworts 1

Habitat types

Habitat type code Habitat type english name Cover [ha]
3220 Alpine rivers and the herbaceous vegetation along their banks 4
3240 Alpine rivers and their ligneous vegetation with Salix elaeagnos 0.27
3250 Constantly flowing Mediterranean rivers with Glaucium flavum 0.12
3270 Rivers with muddy banks with Chenopodion rubri pp and Bidention pp vegetation 0.1
4060 Alpine and Boreal heaths 5.42
4090 Endemic oro-Mediterranean heaths with gorse 5.15
5110 Stable xero-thermophilous formations with Buxus sempervirens on rock slopes (Berberidion pp) 154
5130 Juniperus communis formations on heaths or calcareous grasslands 0.21
5210 Arborescent matorral with Juniperus spp 601
6110 Rupicolous calcareous or basophilic grasslands of the Alysso-Sedion albi 0.1
6170 Alpine and subalpine calcareous grasslands 196.38
6210 Semi-natural dry grasslands and scrubland facies on calcareous substrates (Festuco-Brometalia) (* important orchid sites) 224
6420 Mediterranean tall humid grasslands of the Molinio-Holoschoenion 0.39
6510 Lowland hay meadows (Alopecurus pratensis, Sanguisorba officinalis) 9.75
7220 Petrifying springs with tufa formation (Cratoneurion) 0.3
8130 Western Mediterranean and thermophilous scree 138
8210 Calcareous rocky slopes with chasmophytic vegetation 293
8240 Limestone pavements 0.4
8310 Caves not open to the public 0
9150 Medio-European limestone beech forests of the Cephalanthero-Fagion 727
9180 Tilio-Acerion forests of slopes, screes and ravines 27.6
91E0 Alluvial forests with Alnus glutinosa and Fraxinus excelsior (Alno-Padion, Alnion incanae, Salicion albae) 0.42
92A0 Salix alba and Populus alba galleries 19
9340 Quercus ilex and Quercus rotundifolia forests 209
9580 Mediterranean Taxus baccata woods 98.19

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) June 2014
Date of Standard data form update July 2021

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