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Location Serbia, Macva
Central coordinates 19o 31.00' East  44o 56.00' North
IBA criteria B2, B3
Area 5,200 ha
Altitude 77 - 83m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia (Affiliate)



Site description A wetland situated along the River Sava in the plains of Macva, near to the town of Sremska Mitrovica. Fed by underground aquifers and with a depth of up to 2.5 m, it supports abundant marsh vegetation˜mostly reed Phragmites. The site is surrounded by agricultural land, and remnants of forest remain (oak Quercus, ash Fraxinus, poplar Populus and willow Salix). Human activities include cattle-rearing; ecological tourism is a recent development.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax breeding  1996  70-75 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Spotted Crake Porzana porzana breeding  1996  20-50 breeding pairs  poor  B3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Zasavica Special Nature Reserve 670 protected area contained by site 670  

Habitats

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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 60%
fisheries/aquaculture 20%
forestry 20%
hunting 80%
nature conservation and research 70%
tourism/recreation 10%
urban/industrial/transport -

Protection status National Partial International None670 ha of IBA covered by Special Nature Reserve (Zasavica, 670 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Zasavica. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/04/2014

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