Chocské hills

Country/territory: Slovakia

IBA Criteria met: C6 (2004)
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Area: 20,435 ha

Protection status:

Slovak Ornithological Society / BirdLife Slovakia

Site description
A mountainous area of dolomite and limestone situated in the Western Carpathians. Deep canyon valleys, cliffs, caves, underground rivers and other karst formations contribute to the IBA's sharp relief. The forests consist of Picea, Fagus and Abies, with extensive meadow and arable lands and urban areas covering the edges of the IBA. Human activities are generally extensive and include cattle and sheep-grazing, cereal-growing, haymaking and timber production.

Key biodiversity
An important site for species of upland habitats and valley grasslands. Aquila chrysaetos, Tetrao tetrix and Tichodroma muraria also breed.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Chocské hills. Downloaded from on 07/08/2020.