Country/territory: Hungary

IBA Criteria met: C1, C6 (2002)
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Area: 58,122 ha

Protection status:

Hungarian Ornithological and Nature Conservation Society

Site description
A range of narrow mountain ridges situated between the Zagyva river and Tarna creek, including the Kékes summit, the highest point in Hungary. The vegetation is dominated by oak Quercus forest on acidic soils, with submontane Quercus, Carpinus, Fagus forests at higher altitudes. Large tracts of land are planted with spruce Picea, and the forested area as a whole is intensively managed, whilst orchards and grasslands are mostly abandoned. A popular area for recreation.

Key biodiversity
An important area for raptors and other forest species.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mátra. Downloaded from on 28/09/2020.