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Location Poland, malopolskie
Central coordinates 20o 10.00' East  49o 31.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 7,287 ha
Altitude 600 - 1,288m
Year of IBA assessment 2010

Ogólnopolskie Towarzystwo Ochrony Ptaków

Site description A tract of the Gorce mountains (part of the Western Beskidy range), comprising the upper part of the Kamienica river catchment and parts of other catchments. The peaks of Jaworzyna (1,288 m), Kud³oñ (1,276 m) and Mostownica (1,251 m) lie within the National Park, which is covered mainly by semi-natural subalpine forest, dominated by spruce Picea, oak Quercus and fir Abies. Mountain pasture occurs at higher elevations.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Western Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus breeding  2005-2009  10-20 males only  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos breeding  2005-2009  1-2 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Ural Owl Strix uralensis breeding  2005-2009  20-40 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Pygmy-owl Glaucidium passerinum breeding  2005-2009  25-45 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Boreal Owl Aegolius funereus breeding  2005-2009  15-30 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Dendrocopos leucotos breeding  2004-2009  20-30 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Not Recognised 
Picoides tridactylus breeding  2004-2009  25-40 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Not Recognised 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Gorce - PLB120001 Birds Directive 6,825 protected area contained by site 6,825  
Gorczanski PN National Park 7,031 protected area contained by site 7,030  
Ostoja Gorczanska - PLH120018 Habitats Directive 17,998 protected area contains site 7,287  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  97%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland  3%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 5%
nature conservation and research 51%
tourism/recreation 45%
agriculture 2%
not utilised 5%

Protection status National High International None7,030 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Gorczañski, 7,030 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Gorce mountains. Downloaded from on 23/10/2014

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