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Location Hungary, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén,Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg
Central coordinates 21o 45.00' East  48o 15.00' North
IBA criteria C1, C3, C6
Area 9,456 ha
Altitude 92 - 105m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

Hungarian Ornithological and Nature Conservation Society



Site description An inundated flood-plain bordering the River Tisza between Tuzsér and Rakamaz. Oxbow lakes and marshes exist alongside large blocks of softwood and hardwood flood-plain forests. Human activities include grazing, mowing and arable farming.

Key Biodiversity The most important breeding site for Riparia riparia in central Europe.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  2001  25-30 breeding pairs  unknown  C1, C6  Least Concern 
Sand Martin Riparia riparia breeding  2001  10,000-14,000 breeding pairs  unknown  C3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Tiszatelek-Tiszaberceli ártér Nature Conservation Area 1,537 protected area contained by site 1,564  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  15%
Grassland Humid grasslands  35%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  15%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Other urban and industrial areas  35%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 40%
fisheries/aquaculture 5%
forestry 35%
nature conservation and research 5%
tourism/recreation 15%
water management 10%

Protection status National Partial International None1,564 ha of IBA covered by Nature Conservation Area (Tiszatelek-Tiszaberceli ártér, 1,564 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Upper Tisza. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/05/2015

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