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Location Serbia, Voivodina-Backa
Central coordinates 18o 58.00' East  45o 37.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3
Area 30,000 ha
Altitude 82 - 95m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia (Affiliate)



Site description An inundated area along the eastern bank of the Danube, forming a transboundary IBA with sites across the border in Hungary (`Béda-Karapancsa'; Hungarian site 009) and Croatia (`Alluvial wetlands of the River Danube' and `Kopacki rit'; Croatian sites 001 and 002 respectively). The site comprises extensive alluvial forest (oak Quercus, willow Salix and poplar Populus) interspersed with pools, rivers and streams, lowland forest of Quercus and ash Fraxinus, reedbeds and damp meadows (with sedge Carex and grass Glyceria) and large tracts of Populus plantation. Grazing-pasture, saltmarsh and arable fields occur in areas that remain free from flooding. The main economic activities are forestry and hunting.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca resident  1997  30-50 breeding pairs  medium  A1, B2  Near Threatened 
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  1997  35-45 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Black Stork Ciconia nigra passage  200-300 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
White Stork Ciconia ciconia breeding  1997  30-40 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia passage  1993  200-300 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  1996  80-100 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Not Recognised 
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris breeding  1996  14-17 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax breeding  1997  130-150 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea breeding  1997  60-80 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
White-tailed Sea-eagle Haliaeetus albicilla resident  1997  7-8 breeding pairs  good  A1, B2  Least Concern 
Black Kite Milvus migrans breeding  1997  15-18 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio breeding  1997  200-250 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Collared Flycatcher Ficedula albicollis breeding  1997  200-300 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Ovcarsko-Kablarska klisura Landscape of Outstanding Qualities 2,250 protected area contained by site 2,250  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  35%
Shrubland Scrub  -
Grassland   5%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  15%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  55%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 7%
fisheries/aquaculture -
forestry 70%
hunting 75%
nature conservation and research 30%
tourism/recreation 5%
urban/industrial/transport 5%
not utilised -

Protection status National Partial International None10,000 ha of IBA covered by Regional Nature Park (Gornje Podunavlje, 10,000 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Gornje Podunavlje. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 01/08/2014

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