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Location Serbia, Voivodina-Srem
Central coordinates 20o 1.00' East  44o 43.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, B3
Area 29,913 ha
Altitude 71 - 82m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia (Affiliate)

Site description A vast area of wet forest stretching along the River Sava in southern Srem (Vojvodina). The site is a complex of forest (willow Salix and poplar Populus and oak Quercus), stagnant tributaries, marshes and wet meadows. Human activities include cattle-grazing.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for breeding waterbirds and forest-nesting species. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (1-2 pairs) and Aquila clanga.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  2004-2008  15-18 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
White Stork Ciconia ciconia breeding  2004-2008  37-42 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  2004-2008  30-40 breeding pairs  B2  Not Recognised 
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax breeding  2004-2008  300-450 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus breeding  2005-2006  10-20 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug resident  2004-2008  1-2 breeding pairs  A1  Endangered 
Lesser Spotted Eagle Clanga pomarina breeding  2004-2008  3 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Leiopicus medius resident  2000-2008  200-300 breeding pairs  B3  Least Concern 
Short-toed Treecreeper Certhia brachydactyla resident  2000-2008  600-900 breeding pairs  B3  Least Concern 
Collared Flycatcher Ficedula albicollis breeding  2000-2008  150-200 breeding pairs  B3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Obedska bara Nature Reserve 9,820 protected area contained by site 9,820  
Obedska Bara Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 17,501 protected area contained by site 17,501  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland  60%
Grassland   -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  15%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Urban parks and gardens  25%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 30%
forestry 70%
hunting 80%
nature conservation and research 50%
tourism/recreation 10%
urban/industrial/transport 5%
water management 10%

Protection status National Partial International Partial7,500 ha of IBA covered by Special Nature Reserve (Obedska Bara, 9,820 ha). 15,100 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Obedska Bara, 17,501 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Obedska bara. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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