IBA Slovenský kras

Slovenský kras – Slovak Karst

Districts: Košice okolie, Revúca, Rožňava
Altitude: 185 m  – 1030 m
Area: 406,16 km2


Slovenský kras is the largest karstic area in the Central Europe. Karstic plateaus are divided by valleys and canyons. Various forest ecosystems are composed of xerothermic oak woods, hornbeam oak woods, beech woods, mixed beech and dish forests, rocky communities with maples, ashes and pines. Forest steppe communities and grike fields can be found on the plateaus. Rangy and various relief is complemented with fields in the valleys, wet meadows, fishponds and water courses as well.

Area protection

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


Slovenský kras is important for nesting of several bird species that are bound to forests, rocky habitats and mosaic landscape with grasslands.

Qualifying species

Species Breeding population Criterion
Pop.min. Pop.max.
Bittern – Botaurus stellaris 1 3 C6
Short-toed Eagle – Circaetus gallicus 1 3 C6
European Nightjar – Caprimulgus europaeus 110 170 C6
Middle Spotted Woodpecker – Dendrocopos medius 210 290 C6
Woodlark – Lullula arborea 50 90 C6
Barred Warbler – Sylvia nisoria 500 700 C6

Other important species

Black Stork (Ciconia nigra), Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus), Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus), Lesser Spotted Eagle (Aquila pomarina), Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca), Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug), Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), Common Quail (Coturnix coturnix), Scops Owl (Otus scops), Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo), Ural Owl (Strix uralensis), Wryneck (Jynx torquilla), Grey-headed Woodpecker (Picus canus), Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius), White-backed Woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos), Rock Thrush (Monticola saxatilis), Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva), Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis), Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio)

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