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Location Slovakia, Košice,Prešov
Central coordinates 21o 34.23' East  48o 46.14' North
IBA criteria C1, C6
Area 63,904 ha
Altitude 140 - 1,091m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Slovak Ornithological Society / BirdLife Slovakia



Site description The hills that form the IBA are 120 km long and up to 20 km wide, and are separated into five compartments by saddleback ridges. The forests consist mainly of Fagus, with Acer and Abies on higher ground and Quercus at lower altitudes. Mesophile meadows occur on the forest edge and within the forest at higher altitudes.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  1995-2003  23-33 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus breeding  1995-2003  45-80 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca breeding  1995-2003  6 breeding pairs  C1  Vulnerable 
Lesser Spotted Eagle Clanga pomarina breeding  1995-2003  43-47 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1995-2003  90-150 males only  C1  Least Concern 
Ural Owl Strix uralensis breeding  1995-2003  120-400 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo breeding  1995-2003  16-20 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Dendrocopos leucotos breeding  1995-2003  160-240 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius breeding  1995-2003  110-210 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Picus canus breeding  1995-2003  90-150 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Leiopicus medius breeding  1995-2003  300-500 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio breeding  1995-2003  1,800-2,200 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Wood Lark Lullula arborea breeding  1995-2003  50-90 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Barred Warbler Sylvia nisoria breeding  1995-2003  650-950 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva breeding  1995-2003  1,200-1,800 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Collared Flycatcher Ficedula albicollis breeding  1995-2003  3,700-5,300 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Baèkovská dolina National Nature Reserve 220 protected area contained by site 220  
Baèkovské poniklece - SKUEV0039 Habitats Directive 12 protected area contained by site 12  
Dubn Habitats Directive 235 protected area contained by site 235  
Dubnicke bane Protected Site / Private Protected Site 6 protected area contained by site 0  
Dubova hora Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 61 protected area contained by site 61  
Herliansky gejzir National Nature Monument 0 protected area contained by site 1  
Hermanovske skaly Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 33 protected area contained by site 33  
Hlinianska jelsina Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 46 protected area contained by site 46  
Kokosovska dubina National Nature Reserve 20 protected area contained by site 20  
Košická kotlina - SKCHVU009 Birds Directive 19,003 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Krèmárka National Nature Reserve 173 protected area contained by site 173  
Mala Izra Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 1 protected area contained by site 1  
Male Brdo Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 56 protected area contained by site 54  
Malý Miliè National Nature Reserve 11 protected area contained by site 11  
Miliè - SKUEV0327 Habitats Directive 5,114 protected area contained by site 5,114  
Milièská skala Natural Monument 12 protected area contained by site 12  
Oblik National Nature Reserve 90 protected area contained by site 90  
Puste pole Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 6 protected area contained by site 6  
Pusté pole - SKUEV0390 Habitats Directive 90 protected area contained by site 90  
Rankovske skaly Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 24 protected area contained by site 24  
Simonka National Nature Reserve 34 protected area contained by site 24  
Skaly pod Pariakovou Nature Monument / Private Nature Monument 3 protected area contained by site 3  
Slanské vrchy - SKCHVU025 Birds Directive 63,809 is identical to site 62,850  
Slansky hradny vrch Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 16 protected area contained by site 16  
Strahu Habitats Directive 1,195 protected area contained by site 1,195  
Trstinové jazero Natural Monument 1 protected area contained by site 1  
Velky Milic National Nature Reserve 68 protected area contained by site 68  
Zamutovska jelsina Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 1 protected area contained by site 1  
Zamutovske skaly Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 31 protected area contained by site 31  
Zapikan Nature Monument / Private Nature Monument 1 protected area contained by site 1  
Zarez Stravneho potoka Nature Monument / Private Nature Monument 4 protected area contained by site 4  
Zbojnicky zamok Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 8 protected area contained by site 8  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland  65%
Shrubland Scrub  5%
Grassland Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands  10%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Other urban and industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Ruderal land  20%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 20%
forestry 65%
urban/industrial/transport 5%
hunting 95%
tourism/recreation 5%

Protection status National Low International NoneThe IBA partially or wholly overlaps with the following national designated areas. National Nature Reserves: Baèkovská dolina, Kokošovská dubina, Krèmárka, Malý Miliè, Oblík, Šimonka. Nature Reserves: Dubová hora, Hermanovské skaly, Hlinianska jelšina, Malá Izra, Malé Brdo, Pusté pole, Rankovské skaly, Slanský hradný vrch, Ve¾ký Miliè, Zamutovská jelšina, Zamutovské skaly, Zbojnícky zámok. Protected range: Dubnícke bane. National Natural Monument: Herliansky gejzír. Natural Monuments: Milièská skala, Skaly pod Pariakovou, Trstinové jazero, Zapikan, Zárez Stravného potoka.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Slanské hills. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/07/2014

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