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Location Slovakia, Banská Bystrica,Nitra
Central coordinates 19o 31.18' East  48o 11.20' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 9,235 ha
Altitude 125 - 204m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Slovak Ornithological Society / BirdLife Slovakia

Site description A 70-km-long and up to 3-km-wide stretch of the River Ipe¾ flood-plain situated next to the Hungarian border. The river channel supports water-fringe vegetation and meanders through a flat landscape of extensively-managed wet meadows, arable land and scattered rural settlements.

Key Biodiversity An important site for breeding species of riverine habitats and wet grassland. Porzana parva, Jynx torquilla and Locustella fluviatilis also breed.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White Stork Ciconia ciconia breeding  1995-2003  50-60 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  1995-2003  6-15 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus breeding  1995-2003  20-30 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Little Crake Zapornia parva breeding  1995-2003  10-20 males only  C6  Least Concern 
Spotted Crake Porzana porzana breeding  1995-2003  15-25 males only  C6  Least Concern 
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis breeding  1995-2003  30-60 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Syrian Woodpecker Dendrocopos syriacus breeding  1995-2003  30-70 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor breeding  1995-2003  20-30 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Kiarovsky mociar Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 16 protected area contained by site 16  
Poiplie Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 411 protected area contained by site 411  
Volavcia kolonia Protected Site / Private Protected Site 2 protected area contained by site 2  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland  5%
Grassland Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands  60%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  20%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Ruderal land; Urban parks and gardens  15%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 65%
fisheries/aquaculture 5%
urban/industrial/transport 10%
water management 5%
hunting 85%

Protection status National Low International LowIBA partially or wholly overlaps with the following national designated areas. Nature Reserve: Kiarovský moèiar. Protected range: Volavèia kolónia. Overlaps with international designated areas: 411 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Poiplie, 411 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Poiplie. Downloaded from on 20/10/2016

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