Country/territory: Slovakia

IBA criteria met: C6 (2004)
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Area: 53,944 ha

Slovak Ornithological Society / BirdLife Slovakia

Site summary
The area consists of an extensive range of forested hills. Prevailing forest types are beech, oak-beech, and oak forests. Arable land, meadows and extensive pastures are present in deforested parts of the area. Mountain meadows are present on a small scale. Deciduous forests are the dominant habitat in the area. The prevailing human activities include forestry, hunting, plant production, and quarrying. Tourism and recreational activities are present in the southern and central areas. Part of the region is a military trai­ning zone and is closed to public. The Vihorlat area is an important nesting site for forest species and rap­tors feeding on the meadows and pastures. The most important population of Short-toed Eagle in Slovakia nests in this area. The main threats to birds are intensive forestry. The site is proposed as an SPA

Spoluautori: Jozef Fiala.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Vihorlat. Downloaded from on 22/09/2023.