Low mountains of Karabakh ridge and Karabakh upland. More than half the site is covered by Juniperus forests, and there is mountain steppe in the north. The main land-use is sheep-grazing.
Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aquila heliaca, Falco naumanni, Tetrao mlokosiewiczi. Ciconia ciconia and C. nigra, at least 14 raptor species and Alectoris chukar (very common) also breed. Milvus milvus is a very rare summer visitor and Gypaetus barbatus possibly breeds.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Threats include intensive grazing, poaching and tree-felling. The area was probably damaged as a result of the war with Armenia (`Other' threat). The game reserve was established primarily to protect wild goat Capraaegagrus.
National Partial International NoneIBA partly covered by Game Reserve.
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lachin area. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 25/02/2021.