A mountainous area situated near to the Ukrainian and Polish borders, forming a biogeographical frontier between the Eastern and Western Carpathians. Forest communities of Fagus, Abies and, at higher altitudes, Acer predominate, interspersed with pasture and meadow. Mountain grasslands (poloninas) occur above the treeline and Alnus covers river and stream banks. Human activities include cereal- and potato-growing, cattle-grazing and management of the Starina water reservoir.
An important site for breeding species of forest, meadow grassland and upland pasture. Ciconia nigra, Alcedo atthis and Lanius excubitor also breed.
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bukovské hills. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 04/07/2020.