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Location Serbia, East Serbia
Central coordinates 22o 39.00' East  44o 36.00' North
IBA criteria B2
Area 2,000 ha
Altitude 40 - 90m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia (Affiliate)

Site description An area of steppe-like lowland in Negotinska Krajina, between the vast Daccian lowlands to the east and the Carpathian massif to the west. Habitat-types include a fish-pond, dry pasture, high loess bluffs and diverse shrub vegetation. Human activities include cattle-rearing.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida breeding  1992  80-100 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
European Bee-eater Merops apiaster breeding  1995  50-60 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Wooded steppe  5%
Shrubland Scrub  5%
Grassland Mesophile grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  20%
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  50%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Ruderal land  20%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 20%
fisheries/aquaculture 60%
hunting 20%
not utilised 5%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mala vrbica. Downloaded from on 19/09/2014

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