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Location Serbia, Voivodina-Banat
Central coordinates 20o 13.00' East  45o 37.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2
Area 9,344 ha
Altitude 75 - 86m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia (Affiliate)

Site description An alluvial plain situated east of Novi Becej, containing seasonal bodies of salt water. One of the larger lakes, Slano kopovo, supports vegetation characterized by salt-tolerant succulents (for example, Salicornia, Salsola and Suaeda). It varies from 30 ha to 100 ha in size, depending on underground water-levels. Arable land, pasture and meadows surround the depressions. Human activities include cattle-grazing.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for breeding and passage waterbirds. A total of 5,000-10,000 Grus grus migrate over the area, with some stopping to rest and feed. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Anser erythropus (wintering), Branta ruficollis (passage), Oxyura leucocephala (breeding), Aquila heliaca (passage) and Numenius tenuirostris (passage).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons winter  2000-2008  min 3,000 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons passage  2000-2008  min 6,500 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Greylag Goose Anser anser winter  2000-2008  min 400 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Greylag Goose Anser anser passage  2000-2008  min 600 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris resident  2000-2008  15-20 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug resident  2000-2008  1-2 breeding pairs  A1  Endangered 
Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus passage  2000-2008  min 130 individuals  A1  Near Threatened 
Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus breeding  2000-2008  20-30 breeding pairs  A1  Near Threatened 
Common Crane Grus grus winter  2000-2008  min 6,200 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus passage  2000-2008  min 20,000 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  2000-2008  min 23,000 individuals  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Slano Kopovo Nature Reserve 976 protected area contained by site 976  
Slano Kopovo Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 976 protected area contained by site 976  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  10%
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water; Water fringe vegetation  30%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Ruderal land  60%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 60%
hunting 90%
tourism/recreation 20%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Slano Kopovo. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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