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Location Czech Republic, Central Bohemia
Central coordinates 15o 19.00' East  50o 10.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 1,964 ha
Altitude 203 - 235m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

Czech Society for Ornithology

Site description Zehunsky rybník pond itself is shallow with several islets, and supports extensive areas of fringing vegetation (Phragmites, Typha). Meadows subject to periodic flooding exist around much of its periphery. The Zehuòská obora game preserve supports mainly Quercus/Carpinus forest, and southerly hillsides are covered with vegetation characteristic of very dry conditions. The pond is utilized for carp Cyprinus farming with some conservation restrictions.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for both breeding and passage waterbirds and raptors. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (2-4 wintering birds; 1 pair occurred regularly during the 1995 breeding season). A total of 243 bird species, over 130 of them breeding, have been recorded in the area.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Gadwall Mareca strepera breeding  1996-2000  3-14 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  1998-2002  6 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Spotted Crake Porzana porzana breeding  1998-2002  5-6 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis resident  1996-2002  3-4 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2012 not assessed unfavourable not assessed
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Ixobrychus minutus 6 6 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Porzana porzana Spotted Crake 6 4 breeding pairs 67 unfavourable

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Ban Natural Monument 11 protected area contained by site 11  
Bludy Nature Reserve 5 protected area contained by site 5  
Unknown Natural Monument 5 protected area contained by site 5  
Zehunsky rybnik National Nature Reserve 511 protected area contained by site 1,440  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  60%
Shrubland Scrub  1%
Grassland Dry siliceous grassland; Humid grasslands  10%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  20%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Other urban and industrial areas; Urban parks and gardens  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 20%
fisheries/aquaculture 15%
forestry 60%
hunting 55%
nature conservation and research 90%
tourism/recreation 5%
urban/industrial/transport -

Protection status National Partial International None1,440 ha of IBA covered by National Nature Reserve (Zehunsky rybník pond and Zehuòská obora Game Preserve, 1,440 ha). 16 ha of IBA covered by two Natural Monuments (Bludy, 5 ha and Ban, 11 ha). IBA is covered by SPA Zehunsky rybnik-Obora Knezicky.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Zehunský rybník pond. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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