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Location Slovenia, Pomurje,Prekmurje
Central coordinates 16o 10.00' East  46o 35.00' North
IBA criteria B2, B3, C6
Area 15,490 ha
Altitude 159 - 234m
Year of IBA assessment 2011

Drustvo Za Opazovanje in Proucevanje Ptic Slovenije



Site description The 80-km stretch of the River Mura which flows through Slovenia. Seasonal flooding creates a characteristic landscape with numerous natural features, from gravel riverbanks to dense marshlands to old meanders along the lower stretch of the river, as well as huge alluvial forests. èrni log (1,200 ha) is the largest Alnus forest in central Europe, and is dense and uninhabited. Because of the danger of flooding, dykes have been built along the riverbanks. The Mura river meadows, wet grasslands, flood-plain and forests remain relatively intact, but cultivated fields and grasslands are intensively managed.

Key Biodiversity The site supports important breeding numbers of numerous species of European conservation concern that are typical of flooded forest, meadows, and riverbanks. The population densities of many species are high due to the relatively natural state of the alluvial forest habitats. Significant proportion (³1%) of national population breeding at site: Jynx torquilla (30-50 pairs). The site also holds nationally important numbers of breeding Ciconia ciconia and riverine forest passerines.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  2002-2010  8-11 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  1999-2010  20-40 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Great White Egret Ardea alba winter  2004-2010  60-100 individuals  C6  Least Concern 
White-tailed Sea-eagle Haliaeetus albicilla breeding  2002-2011  2 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Little Crake Zapornia parva breeding  1999  10-20 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis breeding  1999  60-100 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla breeding  2002-2010  100-200 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Leiopicus medius breeding  2004-2010  1,450-2,200 breeding pairs  B3, C6  Least Concern 
Barred Warbler Sylvia nisoria breeding  2006-2010  50-80 breeding pairs  B3, C6  Least Concern 
Collared Flycatcher Ficedula albicollis breeding  2004-2008  5,600-7,400 breeding pairs  B3, C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2013 very high not assessed low
unset
Unknown

Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - agro-industry farming happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Energy production and mining renewable energy happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species fishing & harvesting aquatic resources - unintentional effects: large scale happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species)  No management planning has taken place  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Mura - SI3000215 Habitats Directive 8,244 protected area overlaps with site 7,603  
Mura - SI5000010 Birds Directive 11,298 protected area overlaps with site 9,987  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  70%
Shrubland   20%
Grassland Humid grasslands  20%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  30%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 25%
forestry 70%
urban/industrial/transport 5%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: River Mura. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/12/2014

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