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Location Slovakia, Prešov
Central coordinates 20o 38.47' East  49o 8.59' North
IBA criteria C1, C6
Area 52,914 ha
Altitude 450 - 1,289m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Slovak Ornithological Society / BirdLife Slovakia



Site description The central part of these hills and mountains is covered by Picea, Fagus and Abies forest, with subalpine and mesophile meadows occurring on the ridges. Away from the centre the landscape is more open with arable land, pasture, small areas of mixed forest and a few villages. Almost half of the IBA area is used for military training and is closed to the public.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos breeding  1995-2003  7 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1995-2003  80-160 males only  C1  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Bisar Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 2 protected area contained by site 2  
Dubiny pri Levoèi - SKUEV0110 Habitats Directive 559 protected area overlaps with site 59  
Dubiny pri Ordzovanoch - SKUEV0108 Habitats Directive 212 protected area overlaps with site 203  
Hajik Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 4 protected area contained by site 4  
Jazerec Nature Monument / Private Nature Monument 0 protected area contained by site 1  
Podhorske Nature Monument / Private Nature Monument 0 protected area contained by site 1  
Rieka Torysa - SKUEV0336 Habitats Directive 22 protected area contained by site 22  
Stráne pri Spišskom Podhrad Habitats Directive 52 protected area contained by site 52  
Uhliska Protected Site 3 protected area contained by site 3  
Valalska voda Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 14 protected area contained by site 14  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland; Treeline ecotone  60%
Shrubland Scrub  5%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland; Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands  10%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Other urban and industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Ruderal land; Urban parks and gardens  25%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 25%
forestry 60%
military 45%
urban/industrial/transport 5%
hunting 95%

Protection status National Low International NoneThe IBA partially or wholly overlaps with the following national designated areas. Nature Reserves: Bišár, Hájik, Valalská voda. Protected range: Uhliská. Natural Monuments: Jazerec, Podhorské.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Levocské hills. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/09/2014

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