Bohemian forest and Mühl valley

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
The Bohemian forest covers the highest peaks of the granitic Bohemian Mass and divides the river systems of the Elbe and Danube. Spruce Picea forests dominate, with some mixed and deciduous forest. The main land-use in the Mühl valley is arable agriculture although some wet meadows, dry grasslands and raised bogs remain. The area is used for winter sports.

Key biodiversity
The IBA is important for species characteristic of both forest and mixed agriculture and grassland.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Forestry operations threaten the forests, although a natural age structure and an increased proportion of broadleaved trees are generally promoted. Acid rain (`Other' threats) threatens the forest, particularly at higher altitudes. Winter sports are a source of disturbance. In the Mühl valley, agricultural intensification is the major threat.

Protected areas
National None International None

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bohemian forest and Mühl valley. Downloaded from on 15/04/2021.