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Location Hungary, Heves,Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok
Central coordinates 20o 27.00' East  47o 37.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, C1, C6
Area 63,959 ha
Altitude 83 - 113m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

Hungarian Ornithological and Nature Conservation Society

Site description A well-drained flood-plain overlain by clay soils, situated between Füzesabony and Jászkisér to the north of the River Tisza. The IBA includes extensive areas of arable land and saline grassland, with some forestry plantations. Human activities include sheep- and cattle-grazing.

Key Biodiversity An important area for steppic birds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus breeding  2001  60 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Near Threatened 
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug breeding  2001  10 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Endangered 
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus breeding  2001  60 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca breeding  2001  5 breeding pairs  unknown  A1, B2, C1, C6  Vulnerable 
Great Bustard Otis tarda breeding  2001  42 individuals  unknown  C1  Vulnerable 
Burhinus oedicnemus breeding  2001  10-15 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Not Recognised 
European Roller Coracias garrulus breeding  2001  60-70 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor breeding  2001  300-350 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Hevesi Füves Puszták Landscape Protected Area 8,199 protected area contained by site 8,199  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  30%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations  70%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 90%
nature conservation and research 5%
hunting 5%

Protection status National Partial International None8,199 ha of IBA covered by Landscape Protected Area (Hevesi füves puszták, 8,199 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Heves Plain. Downloaded from on 25/11/2015

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