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Location Slovenia, Prekmurje
Central coordinates 16o 10.00' East  46o 47.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 41,710 ha
Altitude 174 - 416m
Year of IBA assessment 2011

Drustvo Za Opazovanje in Proucevanje Ptic Slovenije

Site description Gorièko is in the north-easternmost part of Slovenia, on the border with Austria and Hungary. It is a mainly hilly region of Eocene sandstone, traversed by numerous streams, and with lower and flatter land in the eastern part where riverine vegetation and wet meadows are present. In summer the area is very dry. The soil in the east is not fertile, so farming is non-intensive, but is much more fertile in the west, where orchards, vineyards, dry grasslands and small cultivated fields are the main land-uses. Small settlements are common. The area is economically less developed and therefore habitats and wildlife remain in good condition.

Key Biodiversity The traditionally managed habitats support important numbers of several SPECs, as well as many more in less significant numbers, e.g. Coracias garrulus, Lanius minor, Phoenicurus phoenicurus, some of which may meet IBA criteria once quantitative surveys have been made.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  2002-2011  4-5 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  2004-2010  7-9 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Eurasian Scops-owl Otus scops breeding  1999  210-250 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Wood Lark Lullula arborea breeding  1997-1998  180-240 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Gorièko - SI3000221 Habitats Directive 44,823 protected area overlaps with site 43,860  
Gorièko - SI5000009 Birds Directive 36,599 protected area contained by site 36,599  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  15%
Shrubland Scrub  10%
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  30%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  15%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  30%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 40%
forestry 30%
urban/industrial/transport 20%
unknown 10%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Goričko. Downloaded from on 01/04/2015

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