IBA Veľká Fatra

Veľká Fatra

Districts: Banská Bystrica, Martin, Ružomberok, Turčianske Teplice
Altitude: 430 m – 1592 m
Rozloha: 604,80 km2


Veľká Fatra is a large forested mountain range of inner Western Carpathians with small population density. There can be seen contrast between rangy rocky limestone parts, mountain meadows and pastures and forested parts. Beech and beech-spruce forests are the prevailing forest ecosystems. There can be found fragments of mountain spruce forests.

Area protection

IBA Veľká Fatra was designated a Special Protection Area (SPA) on April 16, 2010.
Other protected areas in the region of IBA Veľká Fatra: Veľká Fatra National Park


The area is one of the top five most important nesting sites in Slovakia for Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) and Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos). Preserved habitats provide good nesting and feeding conditions for Grouse, Owls, cavity nestlers, species of rocky habitats and species of mountain water courses.

Qualifying species

Species Breeding population Criterion
Pop. min. Pop. max.
Golden Eagle –  Aquila chrysaetos 7 7 C6
Peregrine Falcon - Falco peregrinus 3 9 C6
Hazel Grouse –  Bonasa bonasia 900 1900 C6
Black Grouse - Tetrao tetrix 30 40 C6
Capercaillie - Tetrao urogallus 90 125 C6
Pygmy Owl - Glaucidium passerinum 180 220 C6
European Nightjar - Caprimulgus europaeus 30 110 C6
Black Woodpecker - Dryocopus martius 90 230 C6
White-backed Woodpecker - Dendrocopos leucotos 120 240 C6
Three-toed Woodpecker - Picoides tridactylus 110 210 C6
Red.breasted Flycatcher - Ficedula parva 900 1700 C6
Collared Flycatcher –  Ficedula albicollis 2700 5300 C6

Other important species

Black Stork (Ciconia nigra), Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus), Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo), Ural Owl (Strix uralensis), Grey-headed Woodpecker (Picus canus), Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus), Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)

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