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Location Slovakia, Banská Bystrica,Žilina
Central coordinates 19o 4.44' East  48o 56.13' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 60,480 ha
Altitude 430 - 1,592m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Slovak Ornithological Society / BirdLife Slovakia



Site description An extensive range of forested mountains situated in the inner Western Carpathians. Deep valleys and numerous limestone and dolomite karst formations (cliffs, canyons, stone towers and overhangs) characterize the IBA. The forest consists mainly of Fagus, Abies, Acer, Picea, Pinus and Taxus. Deforestation at higher altitudes has created mountain meadows and pasture. Human activities include cattle- and sheep-grazing, timber production and skiing, although the area is visited less frequently by tourists than mountains elsewhere in Slovakia.

Key Biodiversity An important site for breeding species of forest and upland grassland. Ciconia nigra, Aquila pomarina, Falco peregrinus, Bubo bubo, Caprimulgus europaeus, Monticola saxatilis and Ficedula albicollis also breed.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Hazel Grouse Bonasa bonasia breeding  1995-2003  900-1,900 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Black Grouse Lyrurus tetrix breeding  1995-2003  30-40 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Western Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus breeding  1995-2003  90-125 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Falco peregrinus breeding  1995-2003  3-9 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos breeding  1995-2003  7 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Pygmy-owl Glaucidium passerinum breeding  1995-2003  180-220 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Boreal Owl Aegolius funereus breeding  1995-2003  100-120 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  1995-2003  30-110 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius breeding  1995-2003  90-230 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Dendrocopos leucotos breeding  1995-2003  120-240 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Picoides tridactylus breeding  1995-2003  110-210 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva breeding  1995-2003  900-1,700 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Collared Flycatcher Ficedula albicollis breeding  1995-2003  2,700-5,300 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
_iar Natural Monument 2 protected area contained by site 2  
Biela skala Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 185 protected area contained by site 185  
Borisov National Nature Reserve 450 protected area contained by site 450  
Bukovinka Nature Monument / Private Nature Monument 2 protected area contained by site 2  
Dogerske skaly Nature Monument / Private Nature Monument 0 protected area contained by site 1  
Èierny Kameò National Nature Reserve 34 protected area contained by site 34  
Haj pred Teplou dolinou Protected Site / Private Protected Site 0 protected area contained by site 1  
Harmanecka tisina National Nature Reserve 20 protected area contained by site 20  
Harmanecký Hlboký jarok - SKUEV0244 Habitats Directive 50 protected area contained by site 50  
Hradené jazero Blatné Natural Monument 4 protected area contained by site 4  
Ïumbierske N Habitats Directive 46,583 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Jánosíkova kolkáreò National Nature Reserve 243 protected area contained by site 243  
Jazierske travertiny Nature Monument / Private Nature Monument 2 protected area contained by site 2  
Katova skala Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 47 protected area contained by site 47  
Korbelka Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 86 protected area contained by site 86  
Kornietova National Nature Reserve 84 protected area contained by site 84  
Krkava skala Nature Monument / Private Nature Monument 0 protected area contained by site 1  
Kundraèka National Nature Reserve 116 protected area contained by site 116  
Madaèov National Nature Reserve 331 protected area contained by site 331  
Majerova skala Natural Monument 9 unknown 0  
Majerova skala Nature Monument / Private Nature Monument 9 protected area contained by site 9  
Matejkovský kamenný prúd Natural Monument 9 protected area contained by site 9  
N Birds Directive 96,909 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Prielom Tepleho potoka Nature Monument / Private Nature Monument 21 protected area contained by site 21  
Raksianske raselinisko National Nature Reserve 6 protected area contained by site 6  
Revúca - SKUEV0164 Habitats Directive 45 protected area overlaps with site 8  
Rojkovska travertinova kopa Nature Monument / Private Nature Monument 0 protected area contained by site 1  
Rojkovske raselinisko Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 3 protected area contained by site 3  
Rumbare National Nature Reserve 52 protected area contained by site 52  
Skalna Alpa National Nature Reserve 525 protected area contained by site 525  
Suchý vrch National Nature Reserve 71 protected area contained by site 71  
Svrèinn Habitats Directive 222 protected area contained by site 222  
Tlsta National Nature Reserve 3,066 protected area contained by site 3,066  
Ve Birds Directive 60,439 protected area contained by site 60,439  
Ve Habitats Directive 43,601 protected area overlaps with site 41,745  
Veþká Fatra Protected Landscape Area 60,610 protected area contains site 60,610  
Veþká Fatra Protected Landscape Area 60,610 unknown 61,476  
Veþká Skalná National Nature Reserve 645 protected area contained by site 645  
Vlèia skala Natural Monument 1 protected area contained by site 1  
Zarnovica - SKUEV0147 Habitats Directive 18 protected area overlaps with site 7  
Zvolen - SKUEV0198 Habitats Directive 2,766 protected area contained by site 2,766  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland; Treeline ecotone  80%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland; Mesophile grasslands  10%
Caves and subterranean habitats (non-aquatic) Caves  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  5%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 10%
forestry 75%
nature conservation and research 10%
not utilised 5%
hunting 85%
tourism/recreation 25%

Protection status National High International NoneThe IBA partially or wholly overlaps with the following national designated areas. National Nature Reserves: Borišov, èierny Kameò, Harmanecká tisina, Jánošíkova kolkáreò, Katova skala, Kornietová, Kundraèka, Madaèov, Rakšianske rašelinisko, Rojkovské rašelinisko, Rumbáre, Skalná Alpa, Suchý vrch, Tlstá, Ve¾ká Skalná. Nature Reserves: Biela skala, Korbe¾ka. Protected Landscape Area: Ve¾ká Fatra. Protected range: Háj pred Teplou dolinou. Natural Monuments: Žiar, Bukovinka, Dogerské skaly, Hradené jazero Blatné, Jazierske travertíny, Krkavá skala, Majerova skala, Matejkovský kamenný prúd, Prielom Teplého potoka, Rojkovská travertínová kopa, Vlèia skala.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Velká Fatra. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/12/2014

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