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Location Hungary, Gyor-Sopron-Moson
Central coordinates 17o 12.00' East  47o 51.00' North
IBA criteria C1, C6
Area 7,419 ha
Altitude 118 - 131m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

Hungarian Ornithological and Nature Conservation Society

Site description Lowland underlain by alluvial deposits (gravel from the River Danube) and silty loess, which results in thin, poor soils. The town of Mosonmagyaróvár and the borders with Austria and Slovakia surround the site, which is in a predominantly agricultural area. Set-aside is covered by permanent grass with narrow strips of oil-seed rape.

Key Biodiversity An important area for farmland birds, especially for Perdix perdix (the largest local population in Hungary) and Otis tarda.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great Bustard Otis tarda breeding  1997-2000  65-122 breeding pairs  C1, C6  Vulnerable 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  5%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  95%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 75%
forestry 5%
hunting 100%
nature conservation and research 25%

Protection status National None International None

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

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