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Location Hungary, Bács-Kiskun,Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok,Pest
Central coordinates 20o 4.00' East  47o 4.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 8,066 ha
Altitude 85 - 100m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

Hungarian Ornithological and Nature Conservation Society

Site description An area of well-drained lowland overlain by meadow, saline and sandy soils, situated between the Gerje and Körös streams south-west of the town of Szolnok. Saline grassland covers the majority of the IBA, interspersed by arable land, orchards, small saline lakes and abandoned rice-fields. Human activities include grazing, haymaking, arable farming, horticulture, fish-farming and hunting.

Key Biodiversity An important area for lowland farmland birds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (4-5 wintering birds), Otis tarda (1-12 breeding individuals).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Burhinus oedicnemus breeding  1997-2000  10-15 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
European Roller Coracias garrulus breeding  1997-2000  35-40 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor breeding  1997-2000  80-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  90%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 100%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Gerje-sik. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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