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Location Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of
Central coordinates 21o 26.26' East  41o 11.41' North
IBA criteria A1, B2
Area 41,366 ha
Altitude 210 - 707m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Macedonian Ecological Society (Affiliate)

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni breeding  2003  200-250 breeding pairs  good  A1, B2  Least Concern 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca resident  2007  12-15 breeding pairs  good  A1, B2  Vulnerable 
European Roller Coracias garrulus breeding  2006  10-30 breeding pairs  medium  A1, B2  Least Concern 
Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor breeding  2006  30-100 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2013 very high very unfavourable low

Agriculture and aquaculture annual & perennial non-timber crops - agro-industry farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - persecution/control happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Energy production and mining renewable energy likely in short term (within 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Residential and commercial development commercial and industrial development happening now some of area/population (10-49%) very rapid to severe deterioration high
Transportation and service corridors utility & service lines happening now some of area/population (10-49%) very rapid to severe deterioration high

Falco naumanni Lesser Kestrel 120 10 breeding pairs 9 very unfavourable

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  No management planning has taken place  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  low 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  85%
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Native coniferous woodland  4%

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