Gorce mountains

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
A tract of the Gorce mountains (part of the Western Beskidy range), comprising the upper part of the Kamienica river catchment and parts of other catchments. The peaks of Jaworzyna (1,288 m), Kud³oñ (1,276 m) and Mostownica (1,251 m) lie within the National Park, which is covered mainly by semi-natural subalpine forest, dominated by spruce Picea, oak Quercus and fir Abies. Mountain pasture occurs at higher elevations.

Key biodiversity
A total of 80 species have been recorded breeding.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Some mountain pastures (privately owned) are reverting to forest following the cessation of grazing. Birds are disturbed by the high number of tourists and local people collecting wild foodstuffs. Some privately owned forests along the border of the National Park are being clear-felled. Tree-death from acid rain (air pollution originating from industry upwind) is also a problem. An overhead cable-car to the highest peak (Turbacz) is proposed, which would further increase the number of tourists and the amount of infrastructural development in the region.

Protected areas
National High International None7,030 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Gorczañski, 7,030 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Gorce mountains. Downloaded from on 20/01/2021.