Alluvial wetlands of the River Danube

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
Alluvial wetlands along the River Danube from the Croatian-Hungarian border south to the mouth of the River Drava. Area includes alluvial Quercus forests, extensive freshwater wetlands and reedbeds (Phragmites) and commercial fish-ponds. Since 1991 the area has been completely occupied by military forces.

Key biodiversity
The site is important 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 (passage), Falco naumanni, Crex crex (breeding).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
There are plans for river canalization, forestry and use of the site as an exclusive state hunting property. The entire area has been proposed for protection as a National Park.

Protected areas
National Partial International Partial7,000 ha of IBA covered by Special Reserve (Kopacki Rit, 7,000 ha). 17,200 ha of IBA covered by Nature Park (Kopacki Rit, 17,200 ha). 17,770 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Kopacki Rit, 17,770 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Alluvial wetlands of the River Danube. Downloaded from on 10/08/2022.