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Location Slovakia, Košice
Central coordinates 21o 55.15' East  48o 27.06' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 35,754 ha
Altitude 95 - 275m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Slovak Ornithological Society / BirdLife Slovakia



Site description The IBA comprises the Slovak part of the River Latorica and the lower sections of the Laborec and Ondava rivers. It covers an extensive complex of oxbow lakes, flood-plain forest, wet meadows, localized sand-dunes, artificial drainage canals and dykes. Hardwood forests of Quercus, Fraxinus, Ulmus and Carpinus are present in addition to softwood communities of Populus and Salix. Reedbeds consist of Phragmites, Typha and Carex, while Nymphaea, Nuphar, Trapa, Alisma and Stratiotes form open water communities. Human activities include cattle-grazing.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca breeding  1995-2003  3-5 breeding pairs  C6  Near Threatened 
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  1995-2003  20-22 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
White Stork Ciconia ciconia breeding  1995-2003  85-100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Egretta garzetta breeding  1995-2003  5-15 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  1995-2003  35-45 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris breeding  1995-2003  25-30 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax breeding  1995-2003  250-400 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea breeding  1995-2003  15-25 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Great White Egret Ardea alba breeding  1995-2003  10-20 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1995-2003  3-5 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus breeding  1995-2003  55-65 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Black Kite Milvus migrans breeding  1995-2003  3-5 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Little Crake Zapornia parva breeding  1995-2003  10-20 males only  C6  Least Concern 
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida breeding  1995-2003  10-60 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Black Tern Chlidonias niger breeding  1995-2003  5-15 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio breeding  1995-2003  2,700-5,300 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor breeding  1995-2003  10-15 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris breeding  1995-2003  40-60 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Be Protected Site / Private Protected Site 3 protected area contained by site 3  
Bešiansky polder - SKUEV0012 Habitats Directive 3 protected area contained by site 3  
Biele jazero Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 7 protected area contained by site 7  
Bolske raselinisko Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 14 protected area contained by site 14  
Bor Protected Site / Private Protected Site 8 protected area contained by site 8  
Botiansky luh National Nature Reserve 41 protected area contained by site 41  
Dlhe Tice Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 47 protected area contained by site 47  
Èièarovský les - SKUEV0007 Habitats Directive 28 protected area contained by site 28  
Hore Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 7 protected area contained by site 7  
Horešské lúky - SKUEV0030 Habitats Directive 119 protected area contained by site 119  
Kováèske lúky - SKUEV0329 Habitats Directive 148 protected area contained by site 148  
Kratke Tice Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 17 protected area contained by site 17  
Latorica Protected Landscape Area 15,620 protected area contained by site 23,198  
Latorica Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 4,405 protected area contained by site 4,405  
Latorický luh I. National Nature Reserve 41 protected area contained by site 41  
Latorický luh II. National Nature Reserve 15 protected area contained by site 15  
Les Habitats Directive 7 protected area contained by site 7  
Medzibodrožie - SKCHVU015 Birds Directive 35,578 protected area contained by site 33,754  
Obor Habitats Directive 10 protected area contained by site 10  
Obor Habitats Directive 6 protected area contained by site 6  
Obor Protected Site / Private Protected Site 8 protected area contained by site 8  
Ra Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 16 protected area contained by site 16  
Raškovský luh - SKUEV0026 Habitats Directive 17 protected area overlaps with site 11  
Rieka Bodrog - SKUEV0236 Habitats Directive 114 protected area overlaps with site 87  
Rieka Latorica - SKUEV0006 Habitats Directive 7,496 protected area contained by site 7,496  
Tajba National Nature Reserve 27 protected area contained by site 27  
Tarbucka Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 11 protected area contained by site 11  
Tarbucka - SKUEV0019 Habitats Directive 147 protected area contained by site 147  
Velk Protected Site / Private Protected Site 25 protected area contained by site 25  
Velke jazero Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 8 protected area contained by site 8  
Vysoká - SKUEV0029 Habitats Directive 25 protected area contained by site 25  
Zatinsky luh Nature Reserve / Private Nature Reserve 66 protected area contained by site 66  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland  20%
Shrubland Scrub  15%
Grassland Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands  10%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; 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  45%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 40%
forestry 20%
urban/industrial/transport 5%
water management 10%
hunting 95%

Protection status National High International PartialThe IBA partially or wholly overlaps with the following national designated areas. National Nature Reserves: Latorický luh I., Latorický luh II. Nature Reserves: Dlhé Tice, Krátke Tice, Rašelinisko Bo¾, Ve¾ké Jazero, Zatínsky luh. Protected Landscape Area: Latorica. Overlaps with international designated areas: 4,358 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Latorica, 4,358 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Medzibodrozie. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/08/2014

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