A large, mountainous area (both coastal and inland) in the southern Apennines, west of Castrovillari, practically uninhabited and mainly covered by broadleaved woodland and maquis. The main land-use is nature conservation.
The site is important for breeding raptors of forest, and possibly holds the southernmost breeding Dryocopus martius in Italy.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threat is illegal hunting and fires. Fires are started by man, mainly by shepherds. There is a project for the conservation of roe deer Capreolus capreolus.
National High International Partial48,000 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Pollino, 196,437 ha). 3,980 ha of IBA covered by State Nature Reserve (Valle del Fiume Argentino, 3,980 ha). 5,533 ha of IBA covered by State Nature Reserve (Valle del Fiume Lao, 5,533 ha). 3,980 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Valle del Fiume Argentino, 3,980 ha). 5,533 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Valle del Fiume Lao, 5,533 ha).
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mounts Orsomarso and Verbicaro. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 22/06/2021.