A relatively small area of hills that form part of the larger Kysucké range, situated in the buffer zone of the Nová Bystrica reservoir. The forests consist of Picea, Fagus and Abies, and are interspersed with mesophile and boreal meadows.
The IBA holds one of the highest breeding densities of Crex crex in Slovakia.
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Riečnica. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 04/08/2021.