A mixture of meadows and almost unbroken woodland situated along the Mure° river between Arad and the Hungarian border. In wetter areas Salix and Populus dominate with Quercus, Ulmus and Fraxinus on drier sites. Only 14% of the remaining woods are natural, most having been replaced by plantations. The woods are interspersed with clearings, pastures and permanent small marshes and lakes. Flooding occurs each spring.
This is an important site for breeding, passage and wintering waterbirds and raptors. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (10 breeding pairs), Haliaeetus albicilla (3-4 wintering birds) and Crex crex (breeding).
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mures river lower flood-plain. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/01/2023.