An area of forest found on the Niculiþel and Babadag hills. The forest is dominated by Quercus but includes Tilia, Ulmus, Populus, and Acer, with forest composition primarily dependent upon the slope aspect. The valleys contain grasslands and areas under agriculture.
The site is particularly important for breeding raptors and for woodland species in general. Raptors also occur in large numbers on passage. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Falco naumanni (2-4 breeding pairs).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats are from overgrazing in the forest, which prevents regeneration, and intensive forest management and exploitation. A project is underway to establish a Nature Park in the Macin mountains, which will include part of the IBA.
National Low International None11 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Valea Fagilor, 11 ha).
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Niculitel and Babadag forest. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 16/01/2022.