Lake Fertő

Country/territory: Hungary

IBA Criteria met: C2, C3, C6 (2002)
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Area: 8,500 ha

Hungarian Ornithological and Nature Conservation Society

Site description
A large saline lake situated on the Austrian-Hungarian border. The IBA includes the Hungarian part of the lake (an area of 75 km2), of which 88% is covered by reedbeds (Phragmites), and adjacent mesophile and wet saline grasslands. Human activities include reed-harvesting (`Other' land-use, below), a small-scale fishery and recreation.

Key biodiversity
An important breeding and staging area for waterbirds. More than 255 bird species have been recorded.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lake Fertő. Downloaded from on 06/07/2022.