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Location Hungary, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén,Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg
Central coordinates 21o 3.00' East  48o 1.00' North
IBA criteria C1, C2
Area 6,009 ha
Altitude 89 - 100m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

Hungarian Ornithological and Nature Conservation Society

Site description An area of flood-plain bordering the River Tisza, located near to the town of Tiszaújváros. The IBA includes areas of wet forest and grassland, and oxbow lakes. Human activities include arable farming, grazing, mowing, reed-harvesting (`Other' land-use, below) and angling. This area includes two sites that were treated as separate IBAs in the previous international IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989): `Tiszadobiártér' (former site HU034) and `Tiszaluc-Kesznyéten puszta' (former site HU037).

Key Biodiversity An important breeding site for herons (Ardeidae) and other waterbirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (3-5 breeding pairs), Haliaeetus albicilla (wintering), Crex crex (breeding).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca breeding  1997-2000  25-30 breeding pairs  C1  Near Threatened 
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides breeding  1997-2000  15 breeding pairs  C2  Least Concern 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1997-2000  20-25 breeding pairs  C1  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Kesznyéteni Landscape Protected Area 6,084 protected area contained by site 6,083  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  10%
Grassland Humid grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  40%
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  15%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Ruderal land  35%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 85%
forestry 10%
nature conservation and research 5%
other 5%

Protection status National Partial International None6,083 ha of IBA covered by Landscape Protected Area (Kesznyéteni, 6,083 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Kesznyéten. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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