Fishponds and Marshlands south of Lake Balaton

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Fishponds and Marshlands south of Lake Balaton

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    9,483 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    46°43'N 17°37'E
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Fishponds and Marshlands south of Lake Balaton (Dél-balatoni halastavak és berkek). 09/06/11; Somogy County. 9,483 ha; 46°42N 017°36E; Protected Area, SPA, SCI. The site consists of several sub-sites south of Lake Balaton Ramsar Site, the largest freshwater lake in Central Europe. It mainly consists of natural or near-natural marshland, meadows and fishponds including many habitat types listed under the EU Habitats Directive. The site supports globally and regionally threatened species of plants like Water Chestnut Trapa natans, fish species like European Mudminnow Umbra krameri, several breeding bird species such as Bittern Botaurus stellaris stellaris as well as mammal species like Otter Lutra lutra. The site is also an important staging area during migration and wintering season for more than twenty thousand individuals of waterbirds, including about 12,000 Greater White-fronted Geese Anser albifrons and 9,000 Greylag Geese Anser anser. The site also hosts more than 1% of the population of the Great White Egret Ardea alba and the non-avian species Root Vole Microtus oeconomus, which is endemic to the Carpathian Basin (Ramsar Criterion 9). Human use of the site includes fish-farming, fishing, reed harvesting, hunting, forestry, and tourism. The Balaton Catchment Area Water Management Plan was completed in 2010 under the guidelines of The EU Water Framework Directive. Ramsar Site no. 1963. Most recent RIS information: 2011.

Administrative region: 
Somogy County

  • National legal designation: 
    • Locally Protected Area
    • Nature Protection Area
    • Hungarian Ecological Network
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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