Slano Kopovo

Country/territory: Serbia

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2 (2009)
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Area: 9,344 ha

Protection status:

Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia

Site description
An alluvial plain situated east of Novi Becej, containing seasonal bodies of salt water. One of the larger lakes, Slano kopovo, supports vegetation characterized by salt-tolerant succulents (for example, Salicornia, Salsola and Suaeda). It varies from 30 ha to 100 ha in size, depending on underground water-levels. Arable land, pasture and meadows surround the depressions. Human activities include cattle-grazing.

Key biodiversity
The site is important for breeding and passage waterbirds. A total of 5,000-10,000 Grus grus migrate over the area, with some stopping to rest and feed. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Anser erythropus (wintering), Branta ruficollis (passage), Oxyura leucocephala (breeding), Aquila heliaca (passage) and Numenius tenuirostris (passage).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Slano Kopovo. Downloaded from on 20/08/2019.