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Location Hungary, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén,Heves
Central coordinates 20o 48.00' East  47o 45.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, C1, C6
Area 39,018 ha
Altitude 89 - 106m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

Hungarian Ornithological and Nature Conservation Society

Site description An area of flood-plain underlain by loess soils, adjacent to the natural levees of the River Tisza between Mezõcsát and Mezõnagymihály. The main habitats are saline grasslands and arable fields, with some small areas of forest. Human activities include sheep- and cattle-grazing, arable farming and hunting.

Key Biodiversity An important area for steppic birds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (5-10 breeding pairs), Haliaeetus albicilla (wintering), Aquila heliaca (breeding).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus breeding  2001  80-90 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Near Threatened 
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug breeding  2001  8 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Endangered 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca breeding  2001  3 breeding pairs  unknown  A1, B2, C1  Vulnerable 
Great Bustard Otis tarda breeding  2001  30-40 individuals  unknown  C1  Vulnerable 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  2001  5-30 breeding pairs  unknown  C1, C6  Least Concern 
Himantopus himantopus breeding  2001  17 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Not Recognised 
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida breeding  2001  160 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Black Tern Chlidonias niger breeding  2001  18-20 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
European Roller Coracias garrulus breeding  2001  70-75 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor breeding  2001  100-150 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Borsodi Mezõségi Landscape Protected Area 17,932 protected area contained by site 17,932  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Wooded steppe  5%
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  60%
Wetlands (inland) Water fringe vegetation  5%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  30%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 90%
forestry 5%
water management 5%

Protection status National Partial International None17,932 ha of IBA covered by Landscape Protected Area (Borsodi Mezõségi, 17,932 ha).

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

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