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Location Croatia, Koprivnicko-krizevacka zupanija,Osjecko-baranjska zupanija,Viroviticko-podravska zupanija
Central coordinates 17o 15.00' East  45o 55.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2
Area 68,002 ha
Altitude 85 - 130m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Association BIOM (Affiliate)

Site description Natural alluvial landscapes along the River Drava from the mouth of the River Mura, east to its mouth with the River Danube. Area includes extensive alluvial Quercus forests, wet meadows, pastures, and small freshwater wetlands. The river has created 40-m-high cliffs and numerous meanders, as well as gravel islands.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for breeding herons and storks.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca breeding  100-200 breeding pairs  medium  A1, A4i, B1i, B2  Near Threatened 
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  10-41 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
White Stork Ciconia ciconia breeding  100-120 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia breeding  5-31 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  10-43 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Not Recognised 
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax breeding  200-423 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides breeding  5-22 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea breeding  144 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo resident  2,000 breeding pairs  good  A4i  Least Concern 
White-tailed Sea-eagle Haliaeetus albicilla resident  10-27 breeding pairs  medium  A1, B2  Least Concern 
Sand Martin Riparia riparia breeding  4,000-4,700 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds breeding  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Delta Neretve Other Area 24,871 protected area contained by site 24,871  
Repas Nature Park Nature Park 3,886 protected area contained by site 0  
Veliki Pazut Special Reserve 1,000 protected area contained by site 700  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland  40%
Grassland Humid grasslands  10%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  25%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes; Other urban and industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  25%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 60%
forestry 40%
water management 10%
hunting -

Protection status National Low International None3,886 ha of IBA covered by Nature Park (Repas Nature Park). 700 ha of IBA covered by Special Reserve (Veliki Pazut, 700 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Alluvial wetlands of the River Drava. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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