Sharr Mountains National Park

The Sharr Mountains National Park (Albanian: Parku Kombëtar Malet e Sharrit, Serbian: Национални Парк Шар Планине / Nacionalni Park Šar Planine) is a national park in southeastern Kosovo. It covers 53,272 hectares (532.72 km2), centered on the northern Šar Mountains, a mountain range which also extends into northeastern Albania and northwestern North Macedonia. The park encompasses various terrains, including glacial lakes, alpine and periglacial landscapes.

Sharr Mountains National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
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Map showing the location of Sharr Mountains National Park
Map showing the location of Sharr Mountains National Park
LocationPrizren
Nearest cityPrizren
Coordinates42°10′28″N 20°57′41″E / 42.17444°N 20.96139°E / 42.17444; 20.96139Coordinates: 42°10′28″N 20°57′41″E / 42.17444°N 20.96139°E / 42.17444; 20.96139
Area53,272 hectares (532.72 km2).[1]
Established13 December 2012[2]
Governing bodyMinistry of Environment

The Sharr Mountains National Park has an alpine climate, with some continental influence.[3][4] The mean monthly temperature ranges between −1.3 °C (29.7 °F) (in January) and 20 °C (68 °F) (in July), whilst the mean annual precipitation ranges between 600 millimetres (24 inches) and 1,200 millimetres (47 inches) depending on elevation.[4]

The flora of the park is represented by 1558 species of vascular plants.[5] The fauna includes 32 species of mammals, 200 species of birds, 13 species of reptiles, 10 species of amphibia, 7 species of fish and 147 species of butterflies.[5]

In terms of phytogeography, the Sharr Mountains National Park belongs to the Illyrian province of the Circumboreal Region within the Boreal Kingdom. It falls entirely within the Balkan mixed forests terrestrial ecoregion of the Palearctic Temperate broadleaf and mixed forests.

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  1. ^ "Parku Kombëtar "Bjeshkët e Nemuna"" (PDF). mmph-rks.org (in Albanian). p. 8.
  2. ^ "PËR PARKUN KOMBËTAR "SHARRI"" (PDF). ammk-rks.net (in Albanian).
  3. ^ "PARKU KOMBËTAR "SHARRI"" (PDF). mmph-rks.org (in Albanian). p. 18.
  4. ^ a b "Parku Kombëtar Sharri" (PDF). mmph-rks.org (in Albanian). p. 15-16.
  5. ^ a b "Parku Kombëtar Sharri" (PDF). mmph-rks.org (in Albanian). p. 15-16.