Vlora Bay, Karaburun Peninsula and Cika mountain

Country/territory: Albania

IBA criteria met: B2 (2000)
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Area: 35,000 ha

Site description (baseline)
This site includes Vlora Bay, Karaburun peninsula, Orikumi lagoon, Sazan island and Cika mountain. Vlora Bay includes the sea gulf of Vlora and part of the coastal area with rocky shores and cliffs, sandy beaches and a small lagoon (Orikumi). Karaburun peninsula and Sazan island are rocky areas with scattered Mediterranean scrub, and are military areas. Cika mountain (previously Llogara IBA AL010) is a mountain area with forests of Pinus austriaca and flora typical of calcareous soil.

Key biodiversity
This site is believed to be important for breeding raptors. Neophron percnopterus, Circaetus gallicus, Aquila chrysaetos and Hieraaetus fasciatus were observed in 1991 and 1996, but breeding numbers are unknown.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Vlora Bay, Karaburun Peninsula and Cika mountain. Downloaded from on 30/05/2023.