Country/territory: Serbia

IBA Criteria met: B1b, B2a, C6 (2019)
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Area: 89,579 ha

Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2016 high not assessed not assessed
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Site description
The area is the most distinctive karst plateau in the Balkan Peninsula, known for its very harsh winters with temperatures reaching -39 ̊C. Pester plateau is situated on altitude of 1.000-1.200 m, while surrounding peaks reach up to 1.600 m in altitude. The IBA is located within the municipality of Sjenica, bordering Montenegro to the south. This entire area is traditionally known for livestock breeding, extending over more than 60.000 hectares of almost exclusively mountainous pastures, but also with unique peat bogs and wet meadows, karst pits and sinkholes, gorges and canyons.         

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Pester. Downloaded from on 24/03/2023.