Kopacki Rit Special Zoological Reserve

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
An area of flood-plain of the Rivers Danube and Drava, with extensive Salix, Populus and Quercus forests. There are numerous channels and oxbows, extensive reedbeds (Phragmites) and a large fish-pond complex.

Key biodiversity
This is an important site for breeding herons. The site holds 20,000 or more waterbirds in winter, on a regular basis. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aquila heliaca, Falco naumanni, Crex crex.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Threats include fisheries, eutrophication, siltation, and frog collection.

Protected areas
National Partial International Partial6,234 ha of IBA covered by Special Zoological Reserve (Kopacki Rit, 6,234 ha). IBA overlaps with Nature Park (Kopacki Rit, 17,200 ha). IBA overlaps with Ramsar Site (Kopacki Rit, 17,770 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kopacki Rit Special Zoological Reserve. Downloaded from on 30/09/2022.