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Location Hungary, Békés,Csongrád
Central coordinates 20o 28.00' East  46o 30.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i
Area 10,123 ha
Altitude 83 - 92m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Hungarian Ornithological and Nature Conservation Society

Site description Situated on a poorly-drained flood-plain, and underlain by wind-blown soils, the site consists of a salt-lake and surrounding arable fields and saline grassland. Human activities include grazing and arable farming.

Key Biodiversity An important staging area for migrating waterbirds, especially for Grus grus. Passage species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Anser erythropus (no data), Branta ruficollis (2-11 birds), Numenius tenuirostris (has not been seen for 20 years).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons passage  1995  11,900 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Greylag Goose Anser anser passage  1996  200-400 individuals  poor  B1i  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus winter  1994  500-11,000 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa passage  1996  3,000-4,000 individuals  poor  B1i  Near Threatened 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Kardoskút Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 492 protected area contained by site 492  
Körös-Maros National Park 50,134 protected area contains site 8,800  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  40%
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water  10%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  40%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 90%
nature conservation and research 20%

Protection status National High International Low8,800 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Körös-Maros, 42,636 ha). 488 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Kardoskút, 488 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Hódmezővásárhely Pusztas. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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