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Location Czech Republic, Usti nad Labem Region
Central coordinates 14o 17.00' East  50o 50.00' North
IBA criteria A1, C1, C6
Area 35,480 ha
Altitude 120 - 722m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

Czech Society for Ornithology

Site description The singularity of this IBA is given by the degree to which it is covered by forests and the number of rocky formations that together create a unique landscape with a wide spectrum of biotopes - wet lowlands and dry and temperate uplands; deep gorges with wet alpine microclimate; streams, ponds and wetlands; and also quite varied farmland. This means that the area hosts alpine and temperate species as close neighbours. The never-freezing stream of the Labe river is important as well - it serves as wintering site and migration stopover for many species.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Falco peregrinus resident  2001-2002  4-6 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  2001-2002  30-50 males only  good  A1, C1  Least Concern 
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo resident  2001-2002  8-10 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius resident  2001-2002  130-150 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2010 not assessed favourable not assessed
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Falco peregrinus 5 10 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Bubo bubo Eurasian Eagle-owl 8 10 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Labske piskovce Protected Landscape Area 32,474 protected area overlaps with site 24,192  
Luzicke hory Protected Landscape Area 26,545 protected area overlaps with site 2,215  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   65%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  2%
Wetlands (inland)   1%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas  14%
Shrubland   1%
Grassland   15%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
agriculture -

Protection status Over 96% of this IBA belong to the Ceské Svycarsko National Park, Labské piskovce sandstones Protected Landscape Area and Luické hory Protected Landscape Area. There are also 24 small-scale protected areas. Labske piskovce IBA is covered by SPA.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Labské pískovce sandstones. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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