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Location Czech Republic, Hradec Kralove Region
Central coordinates 16o 27.00' East  50o 17.00' North
IBA criteria A1, C1
Area 904 ha
Altitude 650 - 852m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

Czech Society for Ornithology

Site description This IBA, situated at 660-770 m above sea level, is to large extent influenced by farming. In the 1970's, most of the area underwent intensive changes aimed at draining and creating large plots of land. Such fields were turned either into arable land or were intensively managed as meadows and pastures. This intervention led to a significant decrease in biodiversity of both flora and fauna. Overuse of fertilizers led to a boom of nitrophilous plants. The drop in the intensity of farming in some areas in the past fifteen years has led to creation of habitats favourable for the Corncrake.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  2002  30-35 males only  good  A1, C1  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2010 medium very unfavourable medium
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Agriculture and aquaculture annual & perennial non-timber crops - agro-industry farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Crex crex Corncrake 30 9 males only 30 very unfavourable

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species  Very little or no conservation action taking place  medium 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Bedrichovka Nature Reserve 5 protected area contained by site 5  
Orlicke hory Protected Landscape Area 20,410 protected area contains site 904  
Trckovska louka Nature Reserve 5 protected area contained by site 5  

Local conservation groups The local conservation group below is working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
Patronatni skupina Orlicke Zahori 2004


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland   85%
Forest   3%
Wetlands (inland)   4%
Artificial - terrestrial   8%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture major
hunting major
nature conservation and research -

Protection status This IBA belongs to the Orlické hory mountains Protected Landscape Area, two small-scale protected areas are situated there. IBA is covered by SPA Orlicke Zahori.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Orlicke Zahori. Downloaded from on 27/11/2015

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