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Location Slovakia, Trnava
Central coordinates 17o 49.34' East  48o 33.16' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 690 ha
Altitude 149 - 166m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Slovak Ornithological Society / BirdLife Slovakia



Site description The IBA comprises an artificial water reservoir and adjacent meadows situated on the River Váh. The gravel shores of the reservoir support scrub and trees. Water-fringe vegetation is present, and an artificial gravel islet 3 ha in extent has been built in the middle of the reservoir. The southern part of the IBA includes wet meadows and arable land, and is divided by man-made dykes and canals. These meadows were formerly extensively grazed by cattle, and are now abandoned and overgrown with Salix scrub.

Key Biodiversity The IBA is a very important roosting site for wintering and migrating wildfowl (Anatidae) and gulls (Laridae), and supports 20,000 or more passage waterbirds on a regular basis (including Anas platyrhynchos, Aythya ferina, Aythya fuligula, Fulica atra, Larus argentatus, L. canus and L. ridibundus).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus breeding  1995-2003  1-4 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  1995-2003  55-65 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Såòava - SKCHVU026 Birds Directive 690 protected area overlaps with site 620  
Slnava Protected Site / Private Protected Site 399 protected area contained by site 399  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Scrub  10%
Grassland Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands  5%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  65%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas; Ruderal land  20%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 15%
water management 55%
nature conservation and research 60%
tourism/recreation 55%
hunting 40%

Protection status National Partial International NoneThe IBA partially or wholly overlaps with the following national designated areas. Protected Range: Såòava.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Slnava. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/12/2014

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