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Location Slovakia, Trenčín,Žilina
Central coordinates 18o 53.00' East  49o 10.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 70,500 ha
Altitude 350 - 1,708m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Slovak Ornithological Society / BirdLife Slovakia



Site description An extensive mountain range that forms part of the inner Western Carpathians. Karst features present include canyons, gorges, springs, waterfalls and caves. Forests consist mainly of Fagus, with Quercus at lower altitudes and Pinus, Picea and Abies on higher ground. Human activities include sheep- and cattle-grazing, military training, skiing and trekking, with the area receiving over one million visitors a year.

Key Biodiversity An important site for breeding species of forest, rocky habitats and upland meadows. Aquila chrysaetos, Tetrao tetrix, Prunella collaris, Monticola saxatilis and Tichodroma muraria also breed.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Grouse Lyrurus tetrix breeding  1995-2003  30-50 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Western Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus breeding  1995-2003  30-40 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Falco peregrinus breeding  1995-2003  3-7 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos breeding  1995-2003  6-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo breeding  1995-2003  25 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Boreal Owl Aegolius funereus breeding  1995-2003  140-200 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Picus canus breeding  1995-2003  80-160 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius breeding  1995-2003  140-260 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Picoides tridactylus breeding  1995-2003  100-200 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Syrian Woodpecker Dendrocopos syriacus breeding  1995-2003  20-60 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Collared Flycatcher Ficedula albicollis breeding  1995-2003  3,400-5,600 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Ficedula parva breeding  1995-2003  650-1,750 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Chleb National Nature Reserve 413 protected area contained by site 413  
Domasinsky meander Nature Monument / Private Nature Monument 80 protected area contained by site 80  
Golove mlaky Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 7 protected area contained by site 7  
Hajasova Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 7 protected area contained by site 7  
Hrabinka Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 0 protected area contained by site 1  
Hradok Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 7 protected area contained by site 7  
Klacky vodopad National Nature Monument 0 protected area contained by site 1  
Kozol National Nature Reserve 92 protected area contained by site 92  
Kraþoviansky meander Natural Monument 18 protected area contained by site 18  
Krive National Nature Reserve 204 protected area contained by site 204  
Kþak National Nature Reserve 86 protected area contained by site 86  
Mala Fatra National Park 22,630 protected area contained by site 22,630  
Mociar Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 8 protected area contained by site 8  
Pod Riglom Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 14 protected area contained by site 14  
Pripor National Nature Reserve 272 protected area contained by site 272  
Rozsutec National Nature Reserve 842 protected area contained by site 842  
Sip National Nature Reserve 302 protected area contained by site 302  
Sokolec National Nature Reserve 199 protected area contained by site 199  
Sramkova National Nature Reserve 244 protected area contained by site 244  
Starý hrad National Nature Reserve 85 protected area contained by site 85  
Stebnicka Magura National Nature Reserve 184 protected area contained by site 205  
Suchý National Nature Reserve 429 protected area contained by site 429  
Sutovska dolina National Nature Reserve 527 protected area contained by site 527  
Sutovska epigeneza Nature Monument / Private Nature Monument 52 protected area contained by site 52  
Tiesòavy National Nature Reserve 479 unknown 479  
Velka Lucivna Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 66 protected area contained by site 66  
Veþká Bránica National Nature Reserve 332 protected area contained by site 332  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland; Treeline ecotone  65%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland; Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  20%
Caves and subterranean habitats (non-aquatic) Caves  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Ruderal land  10%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs; Scree & boulders  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 20%
forestry 65%
military 5%
urban/industrial/transport 5%
nature conservation and research 5%
tourism/recreation 35%
hunting 85%

Protection status National Partial International NoneIBA partially or wholly overlaps with the following national designated areas. National Park: Malá Fatra. National Nature Reserves: Chleb, K¾aèianska Magura, K¾ak, Kozol, Krivé, Prípor, Rozsutec, Šíp, Sokolec, Šrámková, Starý hrad, Suchý, Šútovská dolina, Ve¾ká Bránica. Nature Reserves: Go¾ove mláky, Hajasová, Hrabinka, Hrádok, Moèiar, Pod Ríg¾om, Ve¾ká Luèivná. National Natural Monument: K¾acký vodopád. Natural Monuments: Domašínsky meander, Kra¾oviansky meander, Šútovská epigenéza.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Malá Fatra. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/05/2015

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