The site is situated on the Hungarian part of the Gömör-Torna karst plateau, adjacent to the Slovakian border. The main rock formation is Triassic limestone, which is overlain by forest soils. These soils support extensive areas of native deciduous forest, rocky grasslands and wet meadows, whilst the valleys are extensively farmed.
An important area for raptors and forest birds, with Crex crex breeding in the valleys.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The Aggtelek National Park Authority undertook a basic ecological survey between 1991 and 1994. By 1996 management planning was in process, along with monitoring of Crex crex and Lanius numbers.
National Partial International Partial19,763 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Aggteleki, 19,763 ha). 19,247 ha of IBA covered by Biosphere Reserve (Aggtelek Biosphere Reserve, 19,247 ha). The IBA also includes the Caves of Aggtelek and Slovak Karst World Heritage Site.
BirdLife International (2017) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Aggtelek Karst. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 12/12/2017.