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Location Serbia, Voivodina-Backa
Central coordinates 20o 3.00' East  45o 35.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B2, B3
Area 4,000 ha
Altitude 77 - 82m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia (Affiliate)



Site description Situated in an alluvial plain in Backa (Vojvodina), between Beèej and Backo Gradiste, and bordering the Tisa-Veliki canal. The fish-pond supports fringing vegetation, and is surrounded by pasture, arable land and a narrow strip of riverine forest (poplar Populus, willow Salix and ash Fraxinus). Human activities include crop production and cattle-rearing.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia breeding  1996  70-80 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax breeding  1997  500 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides breeding  1996  150-200 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea breeding  1996  150-200 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Great Egret Casmerodius albus resident  1998  30-180 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta breeding  1994  30 breeding pairs  good  B3  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland  -
Grassland Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands  10%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  60%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Urban parks and gardens  30%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 30%
fisheries/aquaculture 40%
forestry 5%
hunting 60%
urban/industrial/transport 5%
water management 5%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Becej fish-pond. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/04/2014

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