Inner Somogy

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
A forested landscape situated between the River Dráva and Marcali, and interspersed with smaller blocks of a variety of habitats, including an old fish-pond system, orchards, and wooded pasture. Human activities include arable farming and angling. This area includes one site from the previous international IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989): `Barcs' (former site HU010).

Key biodiversity
The IBA holds significant numbers of breeding Ciconia nigra, Aythya nyroca and Haliaeetus albicilla. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex (breeding).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats are posed by intensified forest management, severe drought leading to the drying out of wetlands, and the potential damming of the River Dráva in Croatia. A management plan is being prepared for Duna-Dráva National Park, and wetland restoration work has begun in Barcs LPA (now part of the National Park). Fish-ponds are managed according to the requirements of Aythya nyroca, Ciconia nigra and Haliaeetus albicilla.

Protected areas
National Partial International None174 ha of IBA covered by Nature Conservation Area (Balata-to, 174 ha). 7,833 ha of IBA covered by Landscape Protected Area (Boronka melléki, 7,833 ha). 424 ha of IBA covered by Nature Conservation Area (Csokonyavisontai fás legelõ, 424 ha). 83 ha of IBA covered by Nature Conservation Area (Rinyaszentkirályi erdo, 83 ha). 16,090 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Duna-Dráva, 49,479 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Inner Somogy. Downloaded from on 31/01/2023.