|Central coordinates||19o 19.00' East 46o 46.00' North|
|Altitude||97 - 104m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2002|
Ornithological information An important site for breeding herons (Ardeidae). Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla, Crex crex (no data), Otis tarda (2-3 individuals).
Site description The IBA is situated on the sandy alluvial fan of Kiskunság, near to the village of Izsák. It consists of a large lake almost entirely covered by reeds Phragmites, and surrounded by wet grassland and sand-dunes. Human activities include grazing, haymaking and reed-harvesting (`Other' land-use, below).
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Great Egret Casmerodius albus||breeding||1997-2000||80 breeding pairs||-||C6||Least Concern|
|Moustached Warbler Acrocephalus melanopogon||breeding||1997-2000||30 breeding pairs||-||C6||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Izsáki Kolon-tó - HUKN30003||Birds Directive||3,582||protected area overlaps with site||3,206|
|Kiskunsági||National Park||51,364||protected area contains site||2,962|
|Lake Kolon at Izsák||Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar)||2,962||protected area contains site||2,962|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Forest||Alluvial and very wet forest; Wooded steppe||15%|
|Grassland||Humid grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland||15%|
|Wetlands (inland)||Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation||40%|
|Artificial landscapes (terrestrial)||Forestry plantations; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes||30%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||50%|
Management considerations Threats to the IBA include natural succession, inappropriate reedbed and grassland management, and the early cutting of hay. Restoration work to create more open water is being funded through PHARE, and a management plan exists for the site.
Protection status National High International High2,962 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Kiskunsági, 53,429 ha). 2,962 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Lake Kolon, 2,962 ha).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kolon Lake. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/05/2013
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