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Location Hungary, Békés
Central coordinates 21o 34.00' East  46o 58.00' North
IBA criteria C1, C3, C6
Area 12,326 ha
Altitude 88 - 98m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

Hungarian Ornithological and Nature Conservation Society

Site description A low-lying flood-plain situated between Körösnagyharsány and Mezõgyán, which is not subject to the effects of natural flooding. A large system of fish-ponds are managed for conservation, and are surrounded by extensive saline grasslands and arable fields. Human activities include sheep- and cattle-grazing, reed-harvesting (`Other' land-use, below), hunting, angling and birdwatching.

Key Biodiversity An important area for both breeding and passage waterbirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (50-150 birds on passage), Otis tarda (5-10 breeding individuals).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons passage  1997-2000  5,000-10,000 individuals  C3  Least Concern 
Greylag Goose Anser anser passage  1997-2000  500-2,000 individuals  C3  Least Concern 
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos passage  1997-2000  50,000 individuals  C3  Least Concern 
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  1997-2000  51-70 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
White-tailed Sea-eagle Haliaeetus albicilla winter  1997-2000  10-103 individuals  C1  Least Concern 
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa passage  1997-2000  6,000 individuals  C3  Near Threatened 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  1997-2000  75-227 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Biharugra Fishponds Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 2,791 protected area contained by site 2,791  
Körös-Maros National Park 50,134 protected area overlaps with site 7,899  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  5%
Grassland Humid grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  30%
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  40%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  25%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 50%
fisheries/aquaculture 40%
forestry 10%
nature conservation and research 40%
water management 5%
military 5%
other 5%

Protection status National Partial International Partial7,899 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Körös-Maros, 42,636 ha). 2,791 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Biharugra fish-ponds, 2,791 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Kis-Sárrét. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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