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Location Slovakia, Bratislava,Trnava
Central coordinates 16o 57.20' East  48o 32.52' North
IBA criteria C4, C6
Area 2,660 ha
Altitude 119 - 123m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Slovak Ornithological Society / BirdLife Slovakia



Site description This 75-km-long and up to 5-km-wide flood-plain lies adjacent to the borders with Austria and the Czech Republic. Dykes and canals protect the surrounding landscape from seasonal high waters. The IBA comprises intact flood-plain forest (Salix, Populus, Fraxinus and Ulmus), water-fringe vegetation, extensive areas of wet meadow, marsh and peatbog and, in its eastern part, river terraces, sand-dunes and scattered human settlements. Drainage has allowed conversion to intensively managed arable land in places. Human activities include sport-fishing and cycling.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great Bittern Botaurus stellaris breeding  1995-2003  2-4 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus breeding  1995-2003  30-40 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug breeding  1995-2003  3-4 breeding pairs  C6  Endangered 
Red Kite Milvus milvus breeding  1995-2003  2-4 breeding pairs  C6  Near Threatened 
Black Kite Milvus migrans breeding  1995-2003  7-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  1995-2003  20-45 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1995-2003  20,000 individuals  C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Abrod National Nature Reserve 92 protected area contained by site 92  
Abrod - SKUEV0117 Habitats Directive 201 protected area overlaps with site 158  
Bogdalicky vrch Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 33 protected area contained by site 33  
Bogdalický vrch - SKUEV0124 Habitats Directive 57 protected area contained by site 57  
Ciglát - SKUEV0166 Habitats Directive 172 protected area contained by site 172  
Dev Habitats Directive 173 protected area overlaps with site 132  
Dev Habitats Directive 1,308 protected area contained by site 1,308  
Dev Protected Site / Private Protected Site 253 protected area overlaps with site 171  
Dlhé lúky - SKUEV0113 Habitats Directive 17 protected area contained by site 17  
Dolný les National Nature Reserve 186 protected area contained by site 186  
Dúbrava pri Felde - SKUEV0123 Habitats Directive 21 protected area contained by site 21  
Gajarské alúvium Moravy - SKUEV0125 Habitats Directive 1,257 protected area overlaps with site 1,149  
Horný les National Nature Reserve 543 protected area contained by site 543  
Horný les - SKUEV0168 Habitats Directive 635 protected area contained by site 635  
Ivanek Nature Monument / Private Nature Monument 3 protected area contained by site 3  
Jazerinky Protected Site / Private Protected Site 7 protected area contained by site 7  
Kaèenky - SKUEV0311 Habitats Directive 241 protected area contained by site 241  
Katovske rameno Nature Monument / Private Nature Monument 6 protected area contained by site 6  
Kútsky les - SKUEV0165 Habitats Directive 627 protected area overlaps with site 375  
Morava - SKCHVU016 Birds Directive 28,380 protected area contains site 2,660  
Moravské luhy (Morava floodplains) Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 5,380 protected area contains site 2,660  
Mrtve rameno Lipa Protected Site / Private Protected Site 2 protected area contained by site 2  
Pri Jakubovských rybn Habitats Directive 121 protected area overlaps with site 97  
Rieka Morava - SKUEV0314 Habitats Directive 372 protected area overlaps with site 114  
Rozporec - SKUEV0317 Habitats Directive 82 protected area contained by site 82  
Skalické alúvium Moravy - SKUEV0315 Habitats Directive 250 protected area overlaps with site 245  
Smolzie Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 46 protected area contained by site 46  
Šmolzie - SKUEV0177 Habitats Directive 66 protected area contained by site 66  
Star Protected Site / Private Protected Site 33 protected area contained by site 33  
V studienkach - SKUEV0178 Habitats Directive 30 protected area overlaps with site 10  
Zahorie Protected Landscape Area 27,522 protected area contains site 2,660  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland  25%
Grassland Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands  35%
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  10%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Ruderal land  30%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 55%
forestry 25%
urban/industrial/transport 5%
water management 5%
tourism/recreation 25%
hunting 90%

Protection status National High International PartialThe IBA partially or wholly overlaps with the following national designated areas. National Nature Reserves: Horný les, Dolný les. Nature Reserves: Bogdalický vrch, Šmolzie. Protected Landscape Area: Záhorie. Protected Ranges: Kátovské jazero, Màtve rameno Lipa. Natural Monuments: Ivánek, Kátovské rameno. 4,971 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Alúvium Moravy (Morava river flood-plain), 4,971 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Morava. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 11/07/2014

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