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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.

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  Near Threatened 
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  
Hevesi-s Birds Directive 77,016 protected area overlaps with site 52,716  
Hortobágy - HUHN10002 Birds Directive 121,110 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Jászapáti Habitats Directive 1,781 protected area overlaps with site 379  
Kétútközi-legelõ - HUBN20036 Habitats Directive 183 protected area overlaps with site 155  
Nagy-fertõ Habitats Directive 1,817 protected area contained by site 1,817  
Nagy-Hanyi - HUBN20037 Habitats Directive 168 protected area contained by site 168  
Pélyi szikesek - HUBN20041 Habitats Directive 2,769 protected area contained by site 2,769  
Poroszlói szikesek - HUBN20035 Habitats Directive 918 protected area contained by site 918  
Tisza-tó - HUHN20003 Habitats Directive 17,830 protected area is adjacent to site 0  

Habitats

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 (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Heves Plain. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 31/07/2014

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