Babuna gorge, Topolka gorge, and Crn Kamen

Site description (2000 baseline):

Site location and context
The gorges of the Topolka, Vardar and Babuna rivers with cliffs, riverine vegetation, and scrub-covered hillsides. Land-uses include hunting and cattle-grazing.

Key biodiversity
Other breeding species include Ciconia nigra (1 pair), Neophron percnopterus (2-3 pairs), Circaetus gallicus (1 pair), Buteo rufinus (2 pairs), Aquila chrysaetos (1 pair), Falco naumanni (a few pairs), F. biarmicus (1 pair), F. peregrinus (1 pair), Alectoris graeca, Bubo bubo (1-2 pairs), Caprimulgus europaeus, Alcedo atthis and Coracias garrulus. Gypaetus barbatus and Gyps fulvus also occur.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
There is possibly illegal poisoning of wildlife (`Other' threat) and the eggs and young of birds of prey are regularly stolen by foreigners. The area is a proposed Ornithological Reserve.

Protected areas
National None International None

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Babuna gorge, Topolka gorge, and Crn Kamen. Downloaded from on 03/10/2023.