Reka valley

Country/territory: Slovenia

IBA criteria met: C6 (2011)
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Area: 1,700 ha

Drustvo Za Opazovanje in Proucevanje Ptic Slovenije

Site description (2000 baseline)
The Reka river basin lies between karstic limestone (Snežnik plateau) and fluvial terrain. The river has created a flat plain around the biggest town in the region, Ilirska Bistrica, and industry and dense infrastructure are developing here, although wet grasslands, meadows and small marshes remain. There is extensive farming and orchard cultivation. Land subsidence is occurring where there are abandoned coal mines.

Key biodiversity
An important site for breeding Crex crex. Nationally rare and threatened bird species occur in the site in small numbers. Significant proportion (³1%) of national population breeding at site: Jynx torquilla (10-20 pairs), Picus canus (5-10 pairs).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Reka valley. Downloaded from on 26/09/2023.