Situated along the Slovakian border in the Western Carpathians, the IBA includes three mountain ranges: the Moravskoslezské Beskydy mountains (400-1,324 m), the Vsetínské vrchy hills (350-1,024 m) and part of the Javorníky mountains (350-1,071 m). Uniform secondary Picea stands dominate, although remnants of both Carpathian Abies/Fagus primeval forest and mountain Picea forest have been preserved. Farmland covers c.25% of the area, and includes abandoned meadows and pastures.
The IBA is important for forest birds, and includes the only native population of Strix uralensis in the country. An increase in the numbers of Crex crex in meadows and grassland has been recorded in recent years.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Threats include afforestation, intensive forestry practices, grazing pressure, industrial emissions, recreational activities, and the loss of meadow and pasture communities following land abandonment.
National High International None116,000 ha of IBA covered by Protected Landscape Area (Beskydy Protected Landscape Area, 116,000 ha). Included within the PLA are 7 National Nature Reserves (covering 691 ha), 1 National Natural Monument (covering 66 ha), 9 Nature Reserves (covering 253 ha) and 15 Natural Monuments (covering 44 ha), 2 SPAs - Beskydy (41907 ha) and Horni Vsacko (27001 ha).
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Beskydy mountains. Downloaded from
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