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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.

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 

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  
Zehunsko - CZ0214050 Birds Directive 0 protected area overlaps with site 340  
Zehunsky rybnik National Nature Reserve 511 protected area contained by site 1,440  
Zehunsky rybnik - Obora Knezicky - CZ0211011 Birds Directive 1,964 is identical to site 1,964  

Habitats

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 (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Zehunský rybník pond. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/07/2014

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