Ernici and Simbruini mountains

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description (baseline)
A mountainous area of limestone karst in the central Apennines, covered mainly by broadleaved forests (especially beech Fagus) and extensive rocky pastures. The site is rich in rocky cliffs and caves. The main land-use is the rearing of cattle and horses.

Key biodiversity
An important site for some raptor and passerine species.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Threats include hunting and off-road driving (`Other' threat). Some or all of the site is covered by a management plan.

Protected areas
National Partial International Partial1,025 ha of IBA covered by Regional Nature Reserve (Zompo lo Schioppo, 1,025 ha). 29,000 ha of IBA covered by Regional Nature Park (Monti Simbruini, 29,000 ha). 51,514 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Monti Simbruini ed Ernici, 51,514 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Ernici and Simbruini mountains. Downloaded from on 09/06/2023.