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Gorce mountains


IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2010

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Western Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus LC breeding 2005-2009 10-20 males C6
Eurasian Pygmy-owl Glaucidium passerinum LC breeding 2005-2009 25-45 breeding pairs C6
Boreal Owl Aegolius funereus LC breeding 2005-2009 15-30 breeding pairs C6
Ural Owl Strix uralensis LC breeding 2005-2009 20-40 breeding pairs C6
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos LC breeding 2005-2009 1-2 breeding pairs C6
Three-toed Woodpecker Picoides tridactylus LC breeding 2004-2009 25-40 breeding pairs C6
White-backed Woodpecker Dendrocopos leucotos LC breeding 2004-2009 20-30 breeding pairs C6

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2010 high unfavourable medium
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by Habitat
Accuracy of information medium

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - small-holder farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - persecution/control happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Biological resource use logging & wood harvesting - unintentional effects: large scale happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Climate change and severe weather habitat shifting and alteration likely in long term (beyond 4 years) majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration medium
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Invasive and other problematic species and genes problematic native species/diseases - unspecified species likely in short term (within 4 years) whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Natural system modifications other ecosystem modifications happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
No known threats no known threats happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Pollution air-borne pollutants - type unknown/unrecorded happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Pollution excess energy - noise pollution happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Residential and commercial development housing and urban areas happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Residential and commercial development tourism and recreation areas happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Condition of habitat (state)
Habitat Habitat Detail Reference Area (ha) Actual Area (ha) % of habitat remaining % of carrying capacity (overall) Result
Forest Mixed woodland 0 0 moderate (70-90%) good (> 90%) near favourable
Forest Mixed woodland 0 0 moderate (70-90%) good (> 90%) near favourable
Forest Native coniferous woodland 0 0 moderate (70-90%) good (> 90%) near favourable
Grassland 0 0 moderate (70-90%) moderate (70-90%) unfavourable

Condition of key/trigger populations (state)
Scientific Common TargetPop ActualPop Units Remaining Result
Tetrao urogallus Western Capercaillie 30 25 males 84 near favourable
Glaucidium passerinum Eurasian Pygmy-owl 20 45 breeding pairs 100 not assessed
Aegolius funereus Boreal Owl 15 30 breeding pairs 100 not assessed
Strix uralensis Ural Owl 15 40 breeding pairs 100 not assessed
Aquila chrysaetos Golden Eagle 1 2 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Picoides tridactylus 20 30 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Dendrocopos leucotos 15 30 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species) A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity medium
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IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Południowomałopolski Obszar Chronionego Krajobrazu Obszar Chronionego Krajobrazu 364,496 protected area overlaps with site 0
Ostoja Gorczańska Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 17,998 protected area contains site 7,287
Gorczański Park Narodowy Park Narodowy 7,037 protected area overlaps with site 7,030
Gorce Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 6,825 protected area overlaps with site 6,825

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Native coniferous woodland, Mixed woodland -
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
agriculture -
not utilised -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Gorce mountains. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/01/2021.