Volovské hills

Country/territory: Slovakia

IBA Criteria met: C6 (2004)
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Area: 128,014 ha

Protection status:

Slovak Ornithological Society / BirdLife Slovakia

Site description
This extensive range of hills and mountains is divided into several units by deep, broad river valleys. The relief is gentle in the south and sharper in the north, where gorges, canyons, cliffs and other scattered rock formations occur. The forests consist mainly of Fagus, Picea, Abies and Acer. Mesophile and boreal meadows exist at higher altitudes, whilst the edges of the IBA are covered by meadows, arable land and urban/industrial zones. The area as a whole is not densely populated.

Key biodiversity
An important site for breeding species of forest and meadow grassland. Ciconia ciconia, Pernis apivorus, Bubo bubo, Picus canus, Turdus torquatus, Phylloscopus sibilatrix, Ficedula albicollis, Phoenicurus phoenicurus, Lanius collurio and Carduelis spinus also breed.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Volovské hills. Downloaded from on 20/09/2020.