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Location Czech Republic, Moravian-Silesian Region,Zlin Region
Central coordinates 18o 22.00' East  49o 26.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, B3, C1, C6
Area 120,386 ha
Altitude 350 - 1,324m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

Czech Society for Ornithology

Site description Situated along the Slovakian border in the Western Carpathians, the IBA includes three mountain ranges: the Moravskoslezské Beskydy mountains (400-1,324 m), the Vsetínské vrchy hills (350-1,024 m) and part of the Javorníky mountains (350-1,071 m). Uniform secondary Picea stands dominate, although remnants of both Carpathian Abies/Fagus primeval forest and mountain Picea forest have been preserved. Farmland covers c.25% of the area, and includes abandoned meadows and pastures.

Key Biodiversity The IBA is important for forest birds, and includes the only native population of Strix uralensis in the country. An increase in the numbers of Crex crex in meadows and grassland has been recorded in recent years.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Hazel Grouse Bonasa bonasia resident  1998-2002  85-120 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Western Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus resident  2002  5-13 males only  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  1998-2002  15-25 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  2002  150-250 males only  good  A1, C1  Least Concern 
Stock Dove Columba oenas breeding  1996-2000  100-150 breeding pairs  good  B3  Least Concern 
Ural Owl Strix uralensis resident  2002  10-16 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Pygmy-owl Glaucidium passerinum resident  2002  45-65 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis resident  1996-2000  5-20 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Picus canus resident  2002  50-100 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Picoides tridactylus resident  2002  50-100 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius resident  2002  100-200 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Dendrocopos leucotos resident  2002  75-125 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla breeding  1996-2000  25-40 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Picus viridis resident  1996-2000  60-100 breeding pairs  good  B2  Not Recognised 
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio breeding  2002  1,000-1,500 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Barred Warbler Sylvia nisoria breeding  1996-2000  30-40 breeding pairs  good  B3  Least Concern 
Regulus ignicapillus breeding  1996-2000  1,500-3,000 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Not Recognised 
Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus breeding  1996-2000  500-800 breeding pairs  good  B3  Least Concern 
Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus breeding  1996-2000  300-500 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Ficedula parva breeding  2002  250-350 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Not Recognised 

IBA Monitoring

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

Tetrao urogallus Western Capercaillie 15 17 individuals 100 favourable
Ciconia nigra Black Stork 22 22 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Crex crex Corncrake 100 82 males only 82 near favourable
Strix uralensis Ural Owl 10 21 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Picus canus 75 47 breeding pairs 63 unfavourable
Dryocopus martius Black Woodpecker 150 67 breeding pairs 45 unfavourable
Dendrocopos leucotos 110 117 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Ficedula parva Red-breasted Flycatcher 360 180 breeding pairs 50 unfavourable

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Beskydy Protected Landscape Area 117,319 protected area contained by site 116,000  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  71%
Grassland Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands  16%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  1%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Urban parks and gardens  12%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 22%
forestry 71%
hunting -
nature conservation and research 4%
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport 6%
water management -

Protection status National High International None116,000 ha of IBA covered by Protected Landscape Area (Beskydy Protected Landscape Area, 116,000 ha). Included within the PLA are 7 National Nature Reserves (covering 691 ha), 1 National Natural Monument (covering 66 ha), 9 Nature Reserves (covering 253 ha) and 15 Natural Monuments (covering 44 ha), 2 SPAs - Beskydy (41907 ha) and Horni Vsacko (27001 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Beskydy mountains. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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