NW Dalmatia and Pag Island

Country/territory: Croatia

IBA criteria met: B1i, C2, C6 (2010)
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Area: 60,677 ha

Association BIOM

Site description (baseline)
The only extensive area with mud and sand flats and coasts, wide shallow bays, lagoons and straits in the Croatian littoral. Area includes Pag and Nin saltpans and small ponds («blato») on the islands of Pag (Velo, Malo and Kolansko) and river mouths (Zrmanja, Karisnica etc). It is the most important wintering area for waders, divers, Sandwich Tern, sea ducks and grebes, and the most important breeding site for Kentish Plover in Croatia. The area is an important stopover site for waders during migration. Extensive xeric grasslands are the most important nesting site of Stone Curlew in Croatia. The main threats to birds are destruction of mud and sand flats, illegal building, excessive or illegal hunting, unregulated recreational activities and tourism and changes in traditional farming.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: NW Dalmatia and Pag Island. Downloaded from on 09/06/2023.