Velence Lake–Dinnyés Lake

Country/territory: Hungary

IBA Criteria met: C3, C6 (2002)
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Area: 1,971 ha

Protection status:

Hungarian Ornithological and Nature Conservation Society

Site description
Lake Velence is the third-largest lake in the country, measuring 10.5 km in length and 3.3 km in breadth, with an average depth of 1-2 m. There are extensive reed-beds with Phragmites and Typha, and adjacent wet meadows. Human activities include fishing, angling, sailing, boating and reed-harvesting (`Other' land-use, below).

Key biodiversity
An important site for breeding herons (Ardeidae) and ducks, and as a roosting site for geese in winter. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (4-5 pairs).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Velence Lake–Dinnyés Lake. Downloaded from on 23/01/2021.