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Location Slovenia, Notranjska
Central coordinates 14o 26.00' East  46o 2.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, B3, C1, C6
Area 12,680 ha
Altitude 286 - 390m
Year of IBA assessment 2011

Drustvo Za Opazovanje in Proucevanje Ptic Slovenije

Site description Ljubljansko barje is a large 150 km2 depression, traversed by the Ljubljanica river. Once a vast mire, today it is mainly cultivated (maize). The area is a traditional cultural landscape with extensive wet grasslands, flood-plain woodlands, thickets and small, wooded hills. Groundwater-levels are high, some areas are flooded regularly, and there are dense networks of ditches, channels and brooks. Settlements are generally concentrated along the driest edges of the site, with the Slovenian capital Ljubljana lying on the northern border.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus passage  2000-2010  100-200 individuals  A1, C1, C6  Near Threatened 
Circus cyaneus winter  2000-2010  30-50 individuals  C6  Not Recognised 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1992-1999  270-290 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus breeding  1989-1996  360-470 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata breeding  2002-2011  9-12 breeding pairs  A1, C1  Near Threatened 
Eurasian Scops-owl Otus scops breeding  2000-2010  40-65 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Barred Warbler Sylvia nisoria breeding  2004-2010  110-160 breeding pairs  B3, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Draga pri Igu Natural Monument 3 protected area contained by site 3  
Ia_i morost Nature Reserve 0 protected area contained by site 0  
Koslerjeva gosèa Nature Reserve 3 protected area contained by site 3  
Krimsko hribovje - Menišija - SI3000256 Habitats Directive 20,107 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Ljubljansko barje - SI3000271 Habitats Directive 12,666 protected area overlaps with site 12,503  
Ljubljansko barje - SI5000014 Birds Directive 11,409 protected area contained by site 11,409  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Mixed woodland  10%
Shrubland Scrub  10%
Grassland Humid grasslands  30%
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs; Rivers and streams  10%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas  40%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 70%
forestry 10%
nature conservation and research 5%
tourism/recreation 5%
urban/industrial/transport 5%
unknown 5%

Protection status National Low International None3 ha of IBA covered by Natural Monument (Draga pri Igu, 3 ha). 3 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Koslerjeva gošèa, 3 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ljubljansko moor. Downloaded from on 23/09/2014

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