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Location Serbia, Voivodina-Srem
Central coordinates 20o 22.00' East  45o 5.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, B2
Area 5,304 ha
Altitude 75 - 131m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia (Affiliate)



Site description Steep loess bluffs up to 50 m in height, bordering the Danube between Banovci and Slankamen. Individual trees and abundant herbaceous vegetation survive along the upper edges of the bluffs; low-lying areas are undermined by the main river current at times of high flow. Human activities include extracting loess for use as building material.

Key Biodiversity Wintering species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Branta ruficollis and Haliaeetus albicilla.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons winter  2000-2008  min 1,000 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Greylag Goose Anser anser winter  2000-2008  min 250 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus resident  2000-2008  60-90 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis resident  2000-2008  10-20 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
European Bee-eater Merops apiaster breeding  2000-2008  200-400 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Sand Martin Riparia riparia breeding  2000-2008  1,500-2,500 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland   5%
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  5%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  70%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Ruderal land  20%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 10%
fisheries/aquaculture 50%
forestry 5%
hunting 80%
tourism/recreation 10%
water management 70%
urban/industrial/transport -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Danube loess bluffs. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/12/2014

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