A largely unspoiled mountainous area that includes several lakes and part of the Tara river gorge. The largest lake is Crno jezero. The nearest settlement, Zabljak, is a skiing centre.
The B2 criterion has been assigned at the site level as the following species of European conservation concern are present, but in unknown breeding numbers: Pernis apivorus, Circaetus gallicus, Aquila chrysaetos, Falco tinnunculus, Falco peregrinus, Alectoris graeca, Perdix perdix, Coturnix coturnix, Bubo bubo, Otus scops, Caprimulgus europaeus, Picus canus, P. viridis, Lullula arborea, Alauda arvensis, Turdus torquatus, Saxicola rubetra, Monticola saxatilis, Phoenicurus phoenicurus, Lanius minor, Lanius collurio, Certhia brachydactyla, Parus lugubris, Emberiza cirlus and Emberiza cia. The B3 criterion has been assigned at the site level as the following species of European conservation concern are present, but in unknown breeding numbers: Columba palumbus, Strix aluco, Dendrocopos syriacus, Prunella modularis, Erithacus rubecula, Luscinia megarhynchos, Turdus philomelos, Sylvia communis, Regulus regulus, Parus cristatus, Carduelis cannabina and Emberiza citrinella. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex (small numbers breed regularly).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Tourism/recreation has an impact which, though currently limited in its extent, could worsen if further development of skiing facilities takes place.
National High International High33,000 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Durmitor, 39,000 ha). 32,000 ha of IBA covered by World Heritage Site (Durmitor National Park, 32,000 ha).
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