Doupov hills

Year of compilation: 2002

Site description
The IBA comprises hills of volcanic origin, situated south and east of the Ohre river. A crater with a diameter of c.30 km forms a central depression, with fish-ponds and water reservoirs located on the periphery of the IBA. Fagus forests support a species-rich herb layer, and scree forests also occur. A mosaic of grassland, shrub and broadleaved coppice communities has developed on abandoned agricultural land. Whilst military training is a major land-use, the IBA remains relatively unaffected by human activity.

Key biodiversity
The IBA supports large numbers of forest and grassland species. The first complete data on avifauna were obtained during a 1987-1989 study, and 220 bird species have now been recorded.

Protected areas
National Low International NoneArea 107 ha (1,8 %) is covered by Protected landscape area Slavkovsky les. There are 2 small-scale protected areas (915 ha of IBA). SPA Doupovske hory has been declared in 2004.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Doupov hills. Downloaded from on 11/08/2022.