Site description (2000 baseline):

Site location and context
The limestone gorges of the Uvac and Mileševka rivers, situated between the Zlatar, Zlatibor and Jadovnik mountains and the Sjenicka plateau in western Serbia. The central part of the IBA is covered with dense coniferous or mixed forest (spruce Picea, fir Abies, pine Pinus, beech Fagus and oak Quercus); the periphery is mostly bare mountainous terrain. Extensive pasture and mown meadows exist towards the Sjenicka plateau. Human activities include cattle-rearing.

Key biodiversity
The site is important for a variety of breeding raptors. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Phalacrocorax pygmeus (wintering).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Threats include disturbance, hunting and intensive forest exploitation. A feeding point for raptors (for example, Gyps fulvus, Neophron percnopterus and Aquila chrysaetos) was established in 1989 and has been very successful. A management plan exists for part of the site.

Protected areas
National Low International None1,200 ha of IBA covered by Special Nature Reserve (Klisura Reke Uvac, 1,200 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Uvac-Milesevka. Downloaded from on 07/12/2023.