A large, mountainous area in the central Apennines, including the National Park and the adjacent Gole del Sagittario. The main habitats are broadleaved and mixed woodlands, scrub, alpine grasslands, streams, rivers and small lakes, cliffs and gorges. The main land-uses are nature conservation, cultivation, stock-farming and tourism.
The site is important for breeding raptors, woodpeckers and other species of mountain or forest.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threat is touristic development with its associated activities and infrastructure. Some or all of the site is covered by a management plan. The Park is carrying out research on raptors, brown bear Ursus arctos and wolf Canis lupus.
National Partial International Partial43,950 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Abruzzo, 43,950 ha). 450 ha of IBA covered by Private Reserve (Gole del Sagittario, 450 ha). 40,000 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo, 40,000 ha).