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Location Slovakia, Bratislava,Nitra,Trnava
Central coordinates 17o 25.57' East  47o 55.58' North
IBA criteria C1, C3, C4, C6
Area 22,040 ha
Altitude 107 - 156m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Slovak Ornithological Society / BirdLife Slovakia



Site description The 150-km-long and up to 4-km-wide Danube flood-plain lies adjacent to the Hungarian border. The IBA covers the inundation zone of the river, numerous backwaters, oxbow lakes and islets, water-fringe vegetation, reedbed (Phragmites) and flood-plain forest (mainly Populus, Fraxinus, Salix and Ulmus). Forestry and water transport are the main land-uses, although tourism is likely to impact upon the area in the future.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Pochard Aythya ferina winter  1995-2003  16,000 individuals  C3  Least Concern 
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula winter  1995-2003  28,000 individuals  C3  Least Concern 
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula passage  1995-2003  10,000 individuals  C3  Least Concern 
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula winter  1995-2003  9,000 individuals  C3  Least Concern 
Smew Mergellus albellus winter  1995-2003  600 individuals  C3  Least Concern 
Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus breeding  1995-2003  12-34 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Pygmy Cormorant Phalacrocorax pygmeus winter  1995-2003  120 individuals  C1  Least Concern 
Black Kite Milvus migrans breeding  1995-2003  5-6 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla breeding  1995-2003  1-4 breeding pairs  C1  Least Concern 
Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus breeding  1995-2003  30-70 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  1995-2003  110-240 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis breeding  1995-2003  20-45 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1995-2003  79,000 individuals  C4   
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  1995-2003  20,000 individuals  C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Bajdel Protected Site / Private Protected Site 9 protected area contained by site 9  
Biskupické luhy - SKUEV0295 Habitats Directive 869 protected area contained by site 869  
Bratislavské luhy - SKUEV0064 Habitats Directive 668 protected area overlaps with site 453  
Danube flood-plains Protected Landscape Area 11,454 protected area contained by site 12,284  
Dunaj - SKUEV0393 Habitats Directive 1,511 protected area overlaps with site 1,272  
Dunajsk Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 220 protected area contained by site 220  
Dunajské luhy - SKCHVU007 Birds Directive 18,398 protected area overlaps with site 16,373  
Dunajské luhy - SKUEV0090 Habitats Directive 4,298 protected area contained by site 4,298  
Dunajské luhy (Danube floodplains) Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 14,488 protected area contained by site 14,488  
È Habitats Directive 460 protected area contained by site 460  
Èíèovské màtve rameno National Nature Reserve 80 protected area contained by site 80  
For Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 116 protected area contained by site 116  
Gajc Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 1 protected area contained by site 63  
Hrušovská zdrž - SKUEV0270 Habitats Directive 33 protected area contained by site 483  
K Habitats Directive 540 protected area overlaps with site 435  
Kopacsky ostrov Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 83 protected area contained by site 83  
Kráþovská lúka Natural Monument 3 protected area contained by site 3  
Ostrov orliaka morskeho National Nature Reserve 23 protected area contained by site 23  
Ostrovne lucky Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 55 protected area contained by site 55  
Ostrovné lúèky - SKUEV0269 Habitats Directive 614 protected area contained by site 614  
Panský diel Natural Monument 16 protected area contained by site 16  
Polovnicky les Protected Site / Private Protected Site 8 protected area contained by site 8  
Sov Protected Site / Private Protected Site 42 protected area overlaps with site 28  
Star Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 77 protected area contained by site 77  
Str Protected Site / Private Protected Site 7 protected area contained by site 7  
Topolove hony Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 60 protected area contained by site 60  
Ve Habitats Directive 329 protected area contained by site 329  
Zlatniansky luh Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 9 protected area contained by site 9  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland  30%
Shrubland Scrub  5%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  50%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes; Other urban and industrial areas; Ruderal land  15%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 30%
tourism/recreation 55%
urban/industrial/transport 15%
water management 40%
hunting 45%

Protection status National Partial International PartialThe IBA partially or wholly overlaps with the following national designated areas. National Nature Reserves: èíèovské màtve rameno, Ostrov orliaka morského. Nature Reserves: Gajc, Opatovské jazero, Ostrov Kopáè, Ostrovné lúèky, Topo¾ové hony, Ve¾ký Lél. Protected Landscape Area: Danube flood-plains. Protected Ranges: Bajdel, Po¾ovnícky les. Natural Monuments: Krá¾ovská lúka, Panský diel. 14,448 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Dunajské luhy (Danube flood-plains), 14,488 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: River Danube flood-plain. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/04/2014

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