Heves Plain

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
A well-drained flood-plain overlain by clay soils, situated between Füzesabony and Jászkisér to the north of the River Tisza. The IBA includes extensive areas of arable land and saline grassland, with some forestry plantations. Human activities include sheep- and cattle-grazing.

Key biodiversity
An important area for steppic birds.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threat to the site is agricultural intensification, with the introduction of irrigation and mechanized cultivation. Artificial nest-sites are provided for both raptors and Coracias garrulus, and protection measures for Otis tarda are in place through MME. Wetland restoration work has been undertaken, and a management plan exists for the area.

Protected areas
National Partial International None8,199 ha of IBA covered by Landscape Protected Area (Hevesi füves puszták, 8,199 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Heves Plain. Downloaded from on 11/08/2022.