Obedska bara

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
A vast area of wet forest stretching along the River Sava in southern Srem (Vojvodina). The site is a complex of forest (willow Salix and poplar Populus and oak Quercus), stagnant tributaries, marshes and wet meadows. Human activities include cattle-grazing.

Key biodiversity
The site is important for breeding waterbirds and forest-nesting species. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (1-2 pairs) and Aquila clanga.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats are nutrient-enrichment (`Other' threat) and the afforestation of alluvial depressions and meadows with Populus plantations. Dams along the Vok canal, which supplies and drains Obedska bara, have raised the dry-season water-level by 60 cm and have significantly reduced a previous problem whereby vegetational succession was converting wetland and meadows to scrub. In addition, a work camp in 1997 cleared 10 ha of overgrown meadows. A management plan exists for the site.

Protected areas
National Partial International Partial7,500 ha of IBA covered by Special Nature Reserve (Obedska Bara, 9,820 ha). 15,100 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Obedska Bara, 17,501 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Obedska bara. Downloaded from on 21/08/2019.