Bicaz gorge and Hăşmaş Mountains

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
The 8 km long Bicaz gorge lies in the eastern Carpathians. The dominant vegetation is Abies forest with traditionally grazed alpine grassland also present. Lake Ro°u is naturally dammed by landslide debris and occupies 12.6 ha. The area is crossed by a major highway; human activities include rock-climbing.

Key biodiversity
This is an important site for species of upland conifer forests and open alpine habitats. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Falco naumanni (breeding).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threat is from the development of tourism and its associated infrastructure. Stone extraction is a threat in peripheral areas. A management plan exists for the site.

Protected areas
National High International None2,128 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Cheile Bicazului-Lacu Ro°u, 2,128 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bicaz gorge and Hăşmaş Mountains. Downloaded from on 29/11/2020.