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Location Romania, Alba,Cluj
Central coordinates 23o 29.62' East  46o 22.71' North
IBA criteria C1, C6
Area 99,421 ha
Altitude 598 - 1,381m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Romanian Ornithological Society



Site description Two limestone gorges in the Trascãu mountains. The steep slopes are partially covered by herbs, bushes and Pinus trees. Quercus, Fagus and Carpinus dominated woodlands, grasslands and hay-meadows also occur. The surrounds are used for agriculture and cattle-grazing, with tourism in the gorges.

Key Biodiversity This is an important area for breeding raptors, forest species and birds associated with rocky habitats.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Falco peregrinus breeding  1990-2006  2-3 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos breeding  1990-2006  11-12 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus breeding  1990-2006  40-60 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1990-2006  30-40 breeding pairs  good  C1  Least Concern 
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo breeding  1990-2006  5-8 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Dendrocopos leucotos breeding  1990-2006  320-360 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius breeding  1990-2006  120-140 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Picus canus breeding  1990-2006  380-420 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Wood Lark Lullula arborea breeding  1990-2006  2,000-2,700 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Collared Flycatcher Ficedula albicollis breeding  1990-2006  18,000-25,000 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Cheile Turenilor - ROSCI0034 Habitats Directive 105 protected area contained by site 105  
Cheile Turzii - ROSCI0035 Habitats Directive 324 protected area contained by site 324  
Intregalde Nature Reserve 355 protected area contained by site 355  
MunÅ Birds Directive 58,767 protected area overlaps with site 51,807  
Râmeti Nature Reserve 200 protected area contained by site 200  
TrascÄ Habitats Directive 50,102 protected area overlaps with site 43,154  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Native coniferous woodland  31%
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  35%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs; Scree & boulders  14%
Artificial - terrestrial   20%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 65%
fisheries/aquaculture 25%
forestry 20%
hunting -
nature conservation and research -

Protection status National Partial International None355 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (întregalde, 355 ha). 200 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Râmeþi, 200 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Trascău Mountains. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/12/2014

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