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Krkonose mountains (Giant mountains)
Czech Republic, Hradec Kralove Region,Liberec Region
15o 38.00' East 50o 42.00' North
A1, B2, B3, C1, C6
380 - 1,602m
Year of IBA assessment
Czech Society for Ornithology
Site description A mountainous region located along the Czech-Polish border, covered mainly by Fagus and Picea/Fagus forests (500-900 m) and Picea forests (900-1,250 m). At higher elevations (1,250-1,450 m) there are Pinus mugo stands, glacial corries, peatbogs and subalpine meadows, with alpine habitats occurring above 1,450 m. Forestry is the most important economic activity. This area includes two areas that were treated as subsites in the previous international IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989): `Pancavska and Labska louka peatbogs' (former site CZ001-1) and Upska raselina peatbog' (former site CZ001-2).
Key Biodiversity The forest bird communities are the most important component of the avifauna. The IBA also supports populations of two species with limited distributions in the Czech Republic: Anthus spinoletta and Prunella collaris. A total of 153 breeding species were recorded during a 1991-1994 regional survey.
Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes; Other urban and industrial areas
Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research
Protection statusNational High International High54,800 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Krkonose National Park, 54,800 ha, including transition zone of 18,450 ha). 54,800 ha of IBA covered by Biosphere Reserve (Krkonose Biosphere Reserve, 54,800 ha). 230 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Krkonosská raseliniste - Krkonose Mountains Mires), 230 ha). 40939 ha of IBA are covered by Krkonose SPA.
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