An extensive range of forested mountains situated in the inner Western Carpathians. Deep valleys and numerous limestone and dolomite karst formations (cliffs, canyons, stone towers and overhangs) characterize the IBA. The forest consists mainly of Fagus, Abies, Acer, Picea, Pinus and Taxus. Deforestation at higher altitudes has created mountain meadows and pasture. Human activities include cattle- and sheep-grazing, timber production and skiing, although the area is visited less frequently by tourists than mountains elsewhere in Slovakia.
An important site for breeding species of forest and upland grassland. Ciconia nigra, Aquila pomarina, Falco peregrinus, Bubo bubo, Caprimulgus europaeus, Monticola saxatilis and Ficedula albicollis also breed.
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Velká Fatra. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 04/04/2020.