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Location Serbia, Southwest Serbia
Central coordinates 20o 12.00' East  43o 52.00' North
IBA criteria B2, B3
Area 6,174 ha
Altitude 245 - 985m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia (Affiliate)

Site description A gorge on the Zapadna Morava river, situated between the towns of Cacak and Pozega in western Serbia. Limestone cliffs and rocky terrain are interspersed with sparse tree cover and thickets comprising oak Quercus, ash Fraxinus, hornbeam Carpinus, elm Ulmus and lime Tilia. Areas of meadow and pasture, small reservoirs, houses and orchards are also present.

Key Biodiversity Also important for a variety of breeding raptors.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Picus canus resident  2000-2008  25-30 breeding pairs  B2  Not Recognised 
Sombre Tit Parus lugubris resident  2000-2008  80-100 breeding pairs  B3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Ovcarsko-Kablarska klisura Landscape of Outstanding Qualities 2,250 protected area contained by site 2,250  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Treeline ecotone  30%
Shrubland Scrub  20%
Grassland Mesophile grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  15%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  5%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs; Scree & boulders  20%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Ruderal land  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 5%
fisheries/aquaculture 5%
forestry 20%
hunting 50%
tourism/recreation 5%
urban/industrial/transport 5%
water management 10%
not utilised 30%

Protection status National Low International NoneIBA overlaps with protected area (unknown type).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Ovcar-Kablar gorge. Downloaded from on 29/10/2016

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