The site lies in the basin of the upper Algeti river, on the wooded southern slopes of the eastern Trialeti range west of Tbilisi. The relief is rugged, with gorges of many rivers and cliffs. Forests are composed mainly of Picea, Abies, Quercus, Carpinus, Fraxinus and Betula. Meadows are also present.
The site supports over 80 species, but a complete list has yet to be compiled. Among those known to occur are Accipiter gentilis, Otus scops, Coracias garrulus, Upupa epops, Dryocopus martius, Ptyonoprogne rupestris, Monticola saxatilis, Sitta krueperi and Lanius minor.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Main threats are the beetle Dendroctonus micans infesting Picea forests, and the chemical and biological control being used to combat this problem (`Other' threat); also the presence of human settlements and agricultural land breaking up the reserve area. The site was designated as a Zapovednik in 1965 with the primary aim of protecting forests of Picea orientalis and Abies nordmanniana on the eastern limit of their range in the Little Caucasus.
National High International None6,000 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Zapovednik) (Algeti, 6,000 ha).
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Algeti. Downloaded from
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