Tápió valley

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
A variety of lowland habitats are present, including the River Tápió and its tributaries, wet meadows, reedbeds (Phragmites), fish-ponds and alluvial Salix and Populus woodlands. These form a mosaic with dry grassland, arable land and forest plantations of non-native Robinia, Pinus and Populus. Human activities include arable farming, haymaking, grazing, goose-farming, reed-harvesting (`Other' land-use, below), hunting and angling.

Key biodiversity
An important area for birds of lowland grassland. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex (no data).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threat is the drainage of wetlands, especially during periods of drought. Both afforestation and conversion to arable land threaten grassland, and the practice of early cutting can destroy the nests of waders. Recreation also causes some disturbance to birds. Municipalities protect about half of the area.

Protected areas
National Partial International None4,516 ha of IBA covered by Landscape Protected Area (Tápió-Hajta vidéke, 4,516 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Tápió valley. Downloaded from on 21/04/2021.