Alluvial wetlands of the River Drava

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
Natural alluvial landscapes along the River Drava from the mouth of the River Mura, east to its mouth with the River Danube. Area includes extensive alluvial Quercus forests, wet meadows, pastures, and small freshwater wetlands. The river has created 40-m-high cliffs and numerous meanders, as well as gravel islands.

Key biodiversity
This is an important site for breeding herons and storks.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
There are plans to build power-stations along the River Drava and to canalize parts of the river. Gravel mining is a further threat. A joint conservation project between Austrian, Slovenian, Hungarian and Croatian NGOs, under the leadership of Euronatur, has proposed the whole area for protection.

Protected areas
National Low International None3,886 ha of IBA covered by Nature Park (Repas Nature Park). 700 ha of IBA covered by Special Reserve (Veliki Pazut, 700 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Alluvial wetlands of the River Drava. Downloaded from on 20/04/2021.