Subotica lakes and sandy terrain

Country/territory: Serbia

IBA Criteria met: A1, B2 (2009)
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Area: 25,923 ha

Protection status:

Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia

Site description
Situated in the far north-east of Backa, in the vicinity of Subotica. Numerous wetlands are present, with extensive reedbeds and aquatic vegetation: Palièko jezero, Ludjaško jezero, Kapetanjski rit (now a fish-pond) and Velebit reservoir. The sandy ground in Selevenjske pustare and Mali pesak supports a complex of wooded steppe, steppe, and plant communities of sandy ground. Human activities include sport-fishing; recreational tourism has been developed at Palièko jezero and Ludjaško jezero. This site includes former sites YU032 and YU033 from the previous pan-European IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989).

Key biodiversity
This is an important site for breeding and passage waterbirds, and breeding species of open grassland/shrub habitats. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Oxyura leucocephala (last bred 1947; 1-2 on passage and in winter).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Subotica lakes and sandy terrain. Downloaded from on 16/09/2019.