Country/territory: Slovenia

IBA Criteria met: B2, C6 (2011)
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Area: 41,710 ha

Protection status:

Drustvo Za Opazovanje in Proucevanje Ptic Slovenije
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2015 very high very unfavourable medium
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Site description
Gorièko is in the north-easternmost part of Slovenia, on the border with Austria and Hungary. It is a mainly hilly region of Eocene sandstone, traversed by numerous streams, and with lower and flatter land in the eastern part where riverine vegetation and wet meadows are present. In summer the area is very dry. The soil in the east is not fertile, so farming is non-intensive, but is much more fertile in the west, where orchards, vineyards, dry grasslands and small cultivated fields are the main land-uses. Small settlements are common. The area is economically less developed and therefore habitats and wildlife remain in good condition.

Key biodiversity
The traditionally managed habitats support important numbers of several SPECs, as well as many more in less significant numbers, e.g. Coracias garrulus, Lanius minor, Phoenicurus phoenicurus, some of which may meet IBA criteria once quantitative surveys have been made.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Goričko. Downloaded from on 05/03/2021.