The Nagy-zsombék area in Montág-puszta


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  • Area: 
    2,203 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    46°20'N 20°39'E
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The Site is a low-lying, basin-like area located on the Hungarian Great Plain, which consists of Pannonic salt steppes and salt marshes. The steppe of the Pannonian Region is characterized by a rich micro-relief landscape with salt berms, former riverbeds and pits. The diverse habitat types ensure ideal conditions for rare species of flora and fauna, supporting threatened species of mammals such as the stoat Mustela erminea and birds including the red-breasted goose Branta ruficollis. Due to its closeness to the migration flyway along the River Tisza, the Site constitutes an important nesting ground for birds as well as a roosting and feeding place during their migration. The Site also ensures excellent conditions for the reproduction of important amphibian species such as the European fire-bellied toad Bombina bombina and crested newt Triturus dobrogicus. The water bodies play an important role in groundwater replenishment and water retention. Land use is dedicated to farming, grazing and mowing activities. Invasive plant species including the Virginia silkweed Asclepias syriaca could threaten the ecological character of the Site. Due to restoration works (closing of canals, building of dykes) carried out since 1997, water conditions are once again closer to their natural state.

Administrative region: 
Békés, Csongrád Counties

  • National legal designation: 
    • National Park - Körös-Maros
    • Special Protection Area - Vásárhelyi- és Csanádi-puszták
    • Special area of Conservation - Hódmezővásárhely környéki és csanádi-háti puszták
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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