Country/territory: Hungary

IBA Criteria met: C1, C6 (2002)
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Area: 21,901 ha

Protection status:

Hungarian Ornithological and Nature Conservation Society

Site description
The Vértes mountains are part of the Transdanubian mountain chain, and are dolomitic in composition with deep ravines. The southern slopes experience a sub-Mediterranean climate, whilst the northern slopes are subalpine. The Zámoly basin is situated in the foothills to the south-east of Vértes. Human activities include grazing, haymaking, hunting, tourism and mining.

Key biodiversity
An important area for raptors and waterbirds. Otis tarda and Burhinus oedicnemus bred in the Zámoly basin until the mid-1970s. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (10-20 pairs).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Vértes. Downloaded from on 02/12/2020.