IBA Čergov


Districts: Bardejov, Stará Ľubovňa, Prešov, Sabinov
Altitude: 340 m – 1156 m
Area: 424,95 km2


Hornaté, mostly forested land, dominated by beech and fir forests. In the foothills there are parts of oak-beech forests. Edge areas in the foothills are mostly deforested with meadows, pastures and arable land. There can be often found unmanaged meadows on the mountain ridges.

Area protection

IBA Čergov was designated a Special Protection Area (SPA) on Febrauary 1, 2011.


The area is particularly important for nesting of forest bird species, especially owls, birds of prey, species that nest in cavities and bird species breeding and hunting in meadows and pastures.

Qualifying species

Species Breeding population Criterion
Pop.min. Pop.max.

Lesser Spotted Eagle – Aquila pomarina

18 24 C6

Ural Owl – Strix uralensis

60 80 C6

Other important species

Strix uralensis - Jozef FialaBlack Stork (Ciconia nigra), Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus), Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), Hazel Grouse (Tetrastes bonasia/Bonasa bonasia), Black Grouse (Lyrurus tetrix/Tetrao tetrix), Common Quail (Coturnix coturnix), Corncrake (Crex crex), Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium passerinum), Tengmalm’s Owl (Aegolius funereus), European Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus), Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), Wryneck (Jynx torquilla), Grey-headed Woodpecker (Picus canus), Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius), White-backed Woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos), Three-toed Woodpecker (Picoides tridactylus), Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus), Common Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola/Saxicola torquata), Barred Warbler (Sylvia nisoria), Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata), Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva), Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis)

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