Lake Balaton

Country/territory: Hungary

IBA criteria met: C2, C3 (2002)
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Area: 59,985 ha

Hungarian Ornithological and Nature Conservation Society

Site description (2000 baseline)
A large (77 km long), shallow (1-14 m deep), highly regulated lake, the shore of which is densely built-up. Submerged vegetation covers c.5% of the total surface area of the lake, and the water is moderately rich in nutrients. Human activities include fishing, reed- and ice-cutting, sailing and coarse angling.

Key biodiversity
This site is an important area for wintering wildfowl, especially diving ducks.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Lake Balaton. Downloaded from on 01/10/2023.