Low mountains on the easternmost part of the Great Caucasus. Most of the site is forested and there are also areas of steppe and numerous small lakes.
A preliminary survey found more than 65 species, including 20 raptors. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aegypius monachus (2+ pairs), Falco naumanni (breeds), Tetrao mlokosiewiczi (very rare, possibly breeds), Crex crex (common on passage). Significant proportion (³1%) of national population breeding at site: Hieraaetus pennatus (6+ pairs). Aquila nipalensis is common on migration.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Threats probably include illegal tree-cutting and firewood-collection. Alty-Agach Zapovednik was established in 1990. Few field studies have been carried out at the site.
National Partial International None4,400 ha of IBA covered by Zapovednik (Alty-Agach goryhy, 4,400 ha).