This 75-km-long and up to 5-km-wide flood-plain lies adjacent to the borders with Austria and the Czech Republic. Dykes and canals protect the surrounding landscape from seasonal high waters. The IBA comprises intact flood-plain forest (Salix, Populus, Fraxinus and Ulmus), water-fringe vegetation, extensive areas of wet meadow, marsh and peatbog and, in its eastern part, river terraces, sand-dunes and scattered human settlements. Drainage has allowed conversion to intensively managed arable land in places. Human activities include sport-fishing and cycling.
An important site for breeding species of flood-plain forest, wet grassland and other riverine habitats, and as a stop-over site for migrating geese. Ciconia nigra, Pernis apivorus, Milvus milvus and other raptors, Porzana porzana, Asio flammeus, Sylvia nisoria and Lanius minor also breed.
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Morava. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/09/2020.