Danube bend

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
The site covers a reach of the River Danube between Szob and Budapest, and includes Szentendre island and adjacent flood-plains. The area is densely populated and one of the most popular areas for recreation in Hungary.

Key biodiversity
The site is especially important for wintering diving ducks and geese (Anatidae). A total of 210 bird species have been recorded in the area, with the majority occurring on passage.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The site is threatened by the construction of the Nagymaros Dam following a decision by the Hague Court. Recreational activities destroy riverbank habitats, and are an important threat. A management plan exists for the area.

Protected areas
National Partial International NoneThe IBA overlaps with Duna-Ipoly National Park.

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