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.
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.
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Volovské hills. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/05/2019.