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Location Hungary, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén
Central coordinates 21o 25.00' East  48o 30.00' North
IBA criteria C1, C6
Area 94,223 ha
Altitude 94 - 896m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

Hungarian Ornithological and Nature Conservation Society



Site description Situated near to the town of Sárospatak, and surrounded by the flood-plains of the Bodrog and Hernád rivers. Quercus, Carpinus and Fagus dominate the submontane forests, with montane Fagus forests existing on the northern slopes. Old, traditional orchards, vineyards and pastures occur in valleys and on slopes. Human activities include haymaking, grazing, hunting and mining.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  1997-2000  10-18 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos breeding  1997-2000  4 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca breeding  1997-2000  6-7 breeding pairs  C1, C6  Vulnerable 
Lesser Spotted Eagle Clanga pomarina breeding  1997-2000  8-18 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Short-toed Snake-eagle Circaetus gallicus breeding  1997-2000  8-15 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus breeding  1997-2000  50-60 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1997-2000  161-165 breeding pairs  C1, C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo breeding  1997-2000  4-9 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Picus canus breeding  1997-2000  45 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Dendrocopos leucotos breeding  1997-2000  60-70 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Baskói rétek - HUBN20087 Habitats Directive 586 protected area contained by site 586  
Bodrogszegi Várhegy Nature Conservation Area 2 protected area contained by site 2  
Bodrogszegi Várhegy - HUBN20073 Habitats Directive 42 protected area contained by site 42  
Bózsvai Temetõ alja - HUBN20093 Habitats Directive 12 protected area contained by site 12  
Erdõbényei Habitats Directive 22 protected area contained by site 22  
Északi-Zempléni-hegység - HUBN20085 Habitats Directive 1,854 protected area contained by site 1,854  
Felsõregmeci Ronyva - HUBN20082 Habitats Directive 172 protected area overlaps with site 132  
Füzéri Pál-hegy - HUBN20089 Habitats Directive 733 protected area contained by site 733  
Hernád-völgy és Sajóládi-erdõ - HUAN20004 Habitats Directive 5,038 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Komlóskai Mogyorós-tetõ és Zsidó-rét - HUBN20090 Habitats Directive 358 protected area contained by site 358  
Központi-Zempléni-hegység - HUBN20084 Habitats Directive 8,666 protected area contained by site 8,666  
Long-erdõ - HUBN20081 Habitats Directive 3,160 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Regéci Várhegy - HUBN20088 Habitats Directive 246 protected area contained by site 246  
Tállyai Patócs-hegy Habitats Directive 675 protected area contained by site 675  
Telkibányai Király-hegy - HUBN20092 Habitats Directive 182 protected area contained by site 182  
Zempléni Landscape Protection Area 27,783 protected area contained by site 26,496  
Zempléni-hegység a Szerencsi-dombsággal és a Hernád-völggyel - HUBN10007 Birds Directive 114,537 protected area contains site 94,223  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  80%
Shrubland Scrub  5%
Grassland Humid grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  5%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 90%
nature conservation and research 10%
tourism/recreation 20%
agriculture 5%

Protection status National Partial International None2 ha of IBA covered by Landscape Protected Area (Bodrogszegi Várhegy, 2 ha). 26,496 ha of IBA covered by Landscape Protected Area (Zempléni, 26,496 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Zemplén Mountains. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/10/2014

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