MK003
Babuna gorge, Topolka gorge, and Crn Kamen


Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
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 (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Babuna gorge, Topolka gorge, and Crn Kamen. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 17/08/2022.