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Location Serbia, Voivodina-Banat
Central coordinates 21o 25.00' East  45o 7.00' North
IBA criteria A1
Area 12,069 ha
Altitude 90 - 641m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

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.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for forest-nesting species. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aquila heliaca (non-breeding) and Crex crex (breeding).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca passage  2000-2008  min 150 individuals  A1  Near Threatened 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca breeding  2005-2008  18-22 breeding pairs  A1  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Vrsacke planine Landscape of Outstanding Qualities 4,408 protected area contained by site 4,408  


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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Vršačke Planine. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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