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Location Czech Republic, South Bohemia
Central coordinates 14o 40.00' East  48o 39.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 9,052 ha
Altitude 685 - 1,060m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

Czech Society for Ornithology

Site description Most of the area is covered by forests, predominantly spruce, with some enclaves of beech or primeval mixed fir-beech forests (for example in ofínský prales or in Hojná Voda). The treeless areas are mainly former settlements abandoned and destroyed after the displacement of German inhabitants in 1945. Thanks to the isolation and inaccessibility of the area in the border zone and also thanks to reasonable forestry management and non-intensive farming important habitats of rare and threatened bird species were not only well preserved, but also some new ones came into being.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Hazel Grouse Bonasa bonasia resident  1998-2002  30-40 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Picoides tridactylus resident  1998-2002  15-20 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 

IBA Monitoring

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

Picoides tridactylus 15 50 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Hojna voda National Natural Monument 9 protected area contained by site 9  
Myslivna Natural Monument 14 protected area contained by site 14  
Pohorske raseliniste Natural Monument 49 protected area contained by site 49  
Prameniste Pohorskeho potoka Natural Monument 72 protected area contained by site 72  
Stodulecky vrch Natural Monument 51 protected area contained by site 50  
U tri mustku Natural Monument 4 protected area contained by site 4  
Ulrichov Natural Monument 10 protected area contained by site 9  
Zofinsky prales National Nature Reserve 98 protected area contained by site 98  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   84%
Grassland   12%
Wetlands (inland)   2%
Artificial - terrestrial   2%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry -
agriculture -
hunting -
tourism/recreation -

Protection status There are eight small-scale protected areas within this IBA. All IBA is covered by SPA.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Novohradské hory mountains. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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