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Location Hungary, Bács-Kiskun,Baranya,Tolna
Central coordinates 18o 46.00' East  45o 56.00' North
IBA criteria C3, C6
Area 9,579 ha
Altitude 78 - 123m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

Hungarian Ornithological and Nature Conservation Society

Site description A 45-km reach of the River Danube between Dunaszekcsõ and the Serbian border, including Béda-Karapancsa and Riha lake. Both permanently flooded and well-drained flood-plains support ancient forests, plantations, backwaters and reedbeds (Phragmites). Human activities include fishing, angling, navigation and hunting.

Key Biodiversity An important area for wintering geese and diving ducks (Anatidae). Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (2-4 pairs).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bean Goose Anser fabalis winter  2001  8,000-8,500 individuals  unknown  C3  Least Concern 
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons winter  2001  2,000-2,500 individuals  unknown  C3  Least Concern 
Greylag Goose Anser anser passage  2001  1,500-2,500 individuals  unknown  C3  Least Concern 
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax breeding  2001  200 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea breeding  2001  30 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Egretta garzetta breeding  2001  25-30 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Not Recognised 
White-tailed Sea-eagle Haliaeetus albicilla breeding  2001  2-3 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Milvus migrans breeding  2001  10 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Not Recognised 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Béda-Karapancsa Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 1,150 protected area contained by site 1,150  
Duna - Dráva National Park 49,473 protected area overlaps with site 6,949  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland  25%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  40%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations  35%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 10%
agriculture 20%
forestry 50%
urban/industrial/transport 20%
military 5%
water management 30%
tourism/recreation 10%

Protection status National Partial International Partial6,949 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Duna-Dráva, 49,479 ha). 1,149 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Béda-karapansca, 1,149 ha).

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

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