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Location Serbia, Voivodina-Backa
Central coordinates 20o 3.00' East  45o 35.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, B2
Area 4,807 ha
Altitude 77 - 82m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

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.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for breeding, wintering and passage waterbirds. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Phalacrocorax pygmeus and Aythya nyroca.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia passage  2000-2008  min 160 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia breeding  2003-2007  70-80 breeding pairs  B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  2003-2007  80-90 breeding pairs  B2  Not Recognised 
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax passage  2000-2008  min 1,500 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax breeding  2002-2007  300-600 breeding pairs  B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides breeding  2003-2007  150-200 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus passage  2000-2008  min 800 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus resident  2003-2007  200-270 breeding pairs  B1i, B2  Least Concern 


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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Becej fish-pond. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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