IBA Slovenský raj

Slovenský raj

Districts: Brezno, Poprad, Rožňava, Spišská Nová Ves
Altitude: 480 m – 1540 m
Area: 265,22 km2


Territory of Slovenský raj consists of three parts. Largest area covers rangy karstic region with typical rocky gorges. From the west is the area interfered by forests of Nízke Tatry mountains and from the north by agricultural landscape of Hornádska kotlina basin.

Area protection

IBA Slovenský raj was designated a Special Protection Area (SPA) on October 22, 2010.
Other protected areas in the region of IBA Slovenský raj: Slovenský raj (Slovak Paradise) National Park


The area is important for bird species of forest and rocky habitats. In the complexes of old forests and rocky cliffs can be found good nesting conditions for birds of prey, Owls, Grouse, Woodpeckers and for other cavity nestling species.

Qualifying species

Species Breeding population Criterion
Pop.min. Pop.max.
Peregrine Falcon-Falco peregrinus 2 4 C6

Other important species

Black Stork (Ciconia nigra), Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus), Lesser Spotted Eagle (Aquila pomarina), Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), Hazel Grouse (Tetrastes bonasia/Bonasa bonasia), Black Grouse (Lyrurus tetrix/Tetrao tetrix), Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus), Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo), Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium passerinum), Ural Owl (Strix uralensis), Grey-headed Woodpecker (Picus canus), Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius), Three-toed Woodpecker (Picoides tridactylus)

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