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Location Serbia, Voivodina-Srem
Central coordinates 19o 10.00' East  45o 0.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B1i, B2, B3
Area 17,500 ha
Altitude 79 - 85m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia (Affiliate)

Site description An area of lowland adjacent to the Croatian border in western Srem (Vojvodina), supporting vast forests of oak Quercus, with ash Fraxinus, poplar Populus, willow Salix, elm Ulmus, hornbeam Carpinus and maple Acer. Numerous depressions with swamp vegetation occur along with riverine forests along the Sava and Bosut rivers. Human activities primarily consist of intensive forestry and game hunting.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  1995  10-15 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Black Stork Ciconia nigra passage  100-200 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
White Stork Ciconia ciconia breeding  1994  20-30 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
White-tailed Sea-eagle Haliaeetus albicilla resident  1994  4-5 breeding pairs  good  A1  Least Concern 
Strix aluco resident  1993  common  B3  Not Recognised 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Majzecova basta Nature Reserve 27 protected area contained by site 27  
Radenovci Strict Nature Reserve 87 protected area contained by site 87  
Stara Vraticna Strict Nature Reserve 11 protected area contained by site 11  
Varos Nature Reserve 39 protected area contained by site 39  
Vinicna Nature Reserve 58 protected area contained by site 58  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland  80%
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  10%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Urban parks and gardens  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 15%
fisheries/aquaculture -
forestry 80%
hunting 70%
nature conservation and research -
urban/industrial/transport 5%

Protection status National Low International None27 ha of IBA covered by Strict Nature Reserve (Majzecova Basta, 27 ha). 87 ha of IBA covered by Strict Nature Reserve (Radenovci, 87 ha). 11 ha of IBA covered by Strict Nature Reserve (Stara Vraticna, 11 ha). 39 ha of IBA covered by Strict Nature Reserve (Varos, 39 ha). 58 ha of IBA covered by Strict Nature Reserve (Vinicna, 58 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bosutska forest. Downloaded from on 17/09/2014

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