Year of compilation: 2000

Site description (baseline)
The largest mountain complex in the southern Apennines, with a high diversity of habitats including maquis, broadleaved, mixed and coniferous woodlands, dry and alpine grasslands, pastures, and cultivated land. The presence and percentage cover of habitats (listed in the header) refer only to the part of the site within Calabria region.

Key biodiversity
An important breeding area for raptors and species of forest, mountain and open country. Ornithological data only refer to the part of Pollino that is in Calabria region.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats are urban development and the building of new infrastructure.

Protected areas
National High International Low112,014 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Pollino, 196,437 ha). 1,600 ha of IBA covered by State Nature Reserve (Gole del Raganello, 1,600 ha). 1,600 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Gole del Raganello, 1,600 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Pollino. Downloaded from on 02/06/2023.