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Location Slovakia, Banská Bystrica,Žilina
Central coordinates 19o 44.28' East  48o 56.12' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 96,951 ha
Altitude 520 - 2,040m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Slovak Ornithological Society / BirdLife Slovakia



Site description A mountain range over 80 km in length and up to 30 km wide that runs east-west through central Slovakia. The area is very diverse geomorphologically, with deep valleys separated by numerous ridges, and limestone and dolomite karst formations. Forests are composed mainly of Picea, with Fagus, Abies, Acer, Pinus and occasionally Taxus at lower altitudes. Well known for its ski centres, trekking trails, public caves and recreational facilities.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Hazel Grouse Bonasa bonasia breeding  1995-2003  1,150-1,550 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Black Grouse Tetrao tetrix breeding  1995-2003  160-180 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Western Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus breeding  1995-2003  190-210 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos breeding  1995-2003  10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo breeding  1995-2003  11-19 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Pygmy-owl Glaucidium passerinum breeding  1995-2003  280-320 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Boreal Owl Aegolius funereus breeding  1995-2003  275-325 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  1995-2003  30-70 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker Picoides tridactylus breeding  1995-2003  170-330 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  
Alúvium Hrona - SKUEV0303 Habitats Directive 260 protected area overlaps with site 133  
Baranovo Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 16 protected area contained by site 16  
Barbolica Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 12 protected area contained by site 12  
Bodicky rybnik Protected Site / Private Protected Site 19 protected area contained by site 19  
Brankovsky vodopad National Nature Monument 0 protected area contained by site 1  
Brezinky - SKUEV0297 Habitats Directive 8 protected area contained by site 8  
Breznianska skalka Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 12 protected area contained by site 12  
Bystrianska jaskyna National Nature Monument 0 protected area contained by site 0  
Chraste - SKUEV0060 Habitats Directive 14 protected area overlaps with site 11  
Demanovska dolina National Nature Reserve 837 protected area contained by site 837  
Demanovske jaskyne National Nature Monument 1,517 protected area contained by site 0  
Èervený Grúò - SKUEV0150 Habitats Directive 245 protected area contained by site 245  
Haj v Liptovskej Osade Protected Site 2 protected area contained by site 5  
Hnilecka jelsina National Nature Reserve 85 protected area overlaps with site 15  
Homo Habitats Directive 2 protected area overlaps with site 4  
Horne lazy Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 34 protected area contained by site 34  
Hranovnicke pleso Nature Monument / Private Nature Monument 68 protected area contained by site 68  
Ïumbier National Nature Reserve 2,044 protected area contained by site 2,044  
Ïumbierske N Habitats Directive 46,583 protected area overlaps with site 32,556  
Janska dolina National Nature Reserve 1,697 protected area contained by site 1,697  
Jelsie Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 26 protected area contained by site 26  
Jelšie - SKUEV0059 Habitats Directive 28 protected area overlaps with site 24  
Kozi chrbat Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 37 protected area contained by site 37  
Krá Habitats Directive 35,513 protected area overlaps with site 21,608  
Lúky na Besn Habitats Directive 80 protected area overlaps with site 35  
Mackov bok Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 4 protected area contained by site 4  
Mackova Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 42 protected area contained by site 42  
Meandre Hrona National Nature Reserve 104 protected area contained by site 104  
Meandre Lú_òanky Natural Monument 2 protected area contained by site 2  
Mosnická jaskyòa Natural Monument 0 protected area contained by site 0  
Mostenicke travertiny Nature Monument / Private Nature Monument 2 protected area contained by site 2  
Muránska planina - SKUEV0225 Habitats Directive 20,315 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Muránska planina a Stolické vrchy - SKCHVU017 Birds Directive 28,982 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
N Birds Directive 96,909 is identical to site 96,040  
Nizke Tatry National Park 72,842 protected area contained by site 81,095  
Ohniste National Nature Reserve 852 protected area contained by site 852  
Pod Latiborskou hoþou National Nature Reserve 88 protected area contained by site 88  
Priboj National Nature Reserve 11 protected area contained by site 11  
Revúca - SKUEV0164 Habitats Directive 45 protected area overlaps with site 21  
Salat Habitats Directive 3,359 protected area contained by site 3,359  
Salatin National Nature Reserve 1,193 protected area contained by site 1,193  
Sliacske travertiny Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 7 protected area contained by site 7  
Slovensky raj National Park 19,763 protected area overlaps with site 2,417  
Stanisovska jaskyna National Nature Monument 0 protected area contained by site 0  
Tlstá - SKUEV0058 Habitats Directive 293 protected area contained by site 293  
üupèiansky skalný hríb Natural Monument 2 protected area contained by site 2  
Ve Birds Directive 60,439 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Vernárska tiesòava National Nature Reserve 83 protected area overlaps with site 25  
Vrbicke pleso National Nature Monument 1 protected area contained by site 1  
Vrchovisko pri Pohorelskej Masi Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 27 protected area contained by site 27  
Vrchovisko pri Pohorelskej Maši - SKUEV0151 Habitats Directive 20 protected area contained by site 20  
Zvolen - SKUEV0198 Habitats Directive 2,766 protected area is adjacent to site 0  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland; Treeline ecotone  75%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland; Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands  10%
Caves and subterranean habitats (non-aquatic) Caves  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Other urban and industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Ruderal land; Urban parks and gardens  10%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs; Scree & boulders  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 10%
forestry 75%
not utilised 5%
urban/industrial/transport 5%
tourism/recreation 25%
hunting 90%

Protection status National Partial International NoneIBA partially or wholly overlaps with the following national designated areas. National Parks: Nizke Tatry, Slovenský raj. National Nature Reserves: Demänovská dolina, Hnilecká jelšina, Ïumbier, Jánska dolina, Meandre Hrona, Ohnište, Pod Latiborskou ho¾ou, Príboj, Salatín, Vernárska tiesòava. Nature Reserves: Baranovo, Barbolica, Breznianska skalka, Horné lazy, Jelšie, Kozí chrbát, Mackov bok, Maèková, Sliaèske travertíny, Vrchovisko pri Pohorelskej Maši. Protected Ranges: Bodický rybník, Háj v Liptovskej Osade. National Natural Monuments: Stanišovská jaskyòa, Bystrianska jaskyòa, Brankovský vodopád, Vrbické pleso, Demänovské jaskyne. Natural Monuments: Žiar, ¼upèiansky skalný hríb, Hranovnické pleso, Meandre Lúžòanky, Mošnická jaskyòa, Moštenické travertíny.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Nízke Tatry. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/07/2014

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