An extensive valley surrounded by the mountains of Kozjak, Rujen and Vlasinske in south-east Serbia, on the borders with Macedonia and Bulgaria. The diverse vegetation reflects sub-Mediterranean influences. Degraded oak Quercus forest occurs with open, dry grassland and areas of scrub. Human activities include cattle-rearing and some agriculture, as well as tourism at a low level.
This is an important site for a number of species associated with open, heterogeneous landscapes.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threat is the illegal hunting of birds. A management plan exists for the site.
National Low International None120 ha of IBA covered by Landscape Nature Reserve (Prohor Pciniski, 120 ha).
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Pcinja. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 29/03/2023.