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Location Serbia, Voivodina-Banat
Central coordinates 21o 25.00' East  45o 7.00' North
IBA criteria B2, B3
Area 12,069 ha
Altitude 90 - 641m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia (Affiliate)

Site description A hilly area in the far south-east of Banat, on the boundary between the Pannonian lowlands and the Carpathian massif. Extensive plains comprising steppic habitats, agricultural land and vineyards surround forests of oak Quercus, beech Fagus, hornbeam Carpinus, lime Tilia, ash Fraxinus and maple Acer.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lesser Spotted Eagle Clanga pomarina breeding  1996  2 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Picus canus breeding  1996  20-40 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Not Recognised 
Syrian Woodpecker Dendrocopos syriacus resident  1996  20-50 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 
Picus viridis resident  1996  100-200 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Not Recognised 
Common Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos breeding  1996  300-600 breeding pairs  poor  B3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Vrsacke Planine Regional Nature Park 4,180 protected area contained by site 4,180  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  50%
Grassland Mesophile grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  30%
Wetlands (inland)   -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Other urban and industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Urban parks and gardens  20%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 50%
forestry 50%
hunting 80%
nature conservation and research 20%
tourism/recreation 5%
urban/industrial/transport -

Protection status National Partial International None4,180 ha of IBA covered by Regional Nature Park (Vrsacke Planine, 4,180 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Vršačke Planine. Downloaded from on 30/08/2014

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