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Location Hungary, Fejér,Komárom-Esztergom
Central coordinates 18o 20.00' East  47o 25.00' North
IBA criteria C1, C6
Area 21,901 ha
Altitude 131 - 480m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

Hungarian Ornithological and Nature Conservation Society

Site description The Vértes mountains are part of the Transdanubian mountain chain, and are dolomitic in composition with deep ravines. The southern slopes experience a sub-Mediterranean climate, whilst the northern slopes are subalpine. The Zámoly basin is situated in the foothills to the south-east of Vértes. Human activities include grazing, haymaking, hunting, tourism and mining.

Key Biodiversity An important area for raptors and waterbirds. Otis tarda and Burhinus oedicnemus bred in the Zámoly basin until the mid-1970s. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (10-20 pairs).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug breeding  1997-2000  4-6 breeding pairs  C6  Endangered 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca breeding  1997-2000  2 breeding pairs  C1  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Vértesi Landscape Protection Area 15,278 protected area contained by site 15,035  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Wooded steppe  60%
Shrubland   10%
Grassland Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  22%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 30%
forestry 50%
nature conservation and research 10%
water management 5%

Protection status National Partial International None15,035 ha of IBA covered by Landscape Protected Area (Vertesi, 15,035 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Vértes. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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