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Location Austria, Kärnten
Central coordinates 13o 43.00' East  46o 40.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 8,776 ha
Altitude 500 - 2,167m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

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Site description A mountainous area underlain by limestone. Conifer forest occupies most of the site with a small area of mixed forest and a small area of alpine pasture on the treeline. The area is used for winter sports, forestry and hunting.

Key Biodiversity An important area for montane forest species and cliff-breeding birds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  2002-2005  30-40 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Picus canus resident  1997-2005  30 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Villacher Alpe (Dobratsch) Nature Reserve 2,332 protected area contained by site 1,902  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  75%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland  5%
Rocky areas   15%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  5%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 10%
forestry 75%
not utilised 15%

Protection status National Partial International None1,902 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Villacher Alpe (Dobratsch), 1,902 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Villacher Alpe-Dobratsch. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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