An oxbow lake of the river Tisza at Mártély


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  • Area: 
    2,324 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    46°26'N 20°12'E
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The Site covers a section of the River Tisza floodplain featuring oxbow lakes, wet meadows, arable land, scrub and woodland. It supports a large population of otter Lutra lutra, and is an important breeding area for various species of threatened waterbirds such as the Eurasian bittern Botaurus stellaris and Eurasian spoonbill Platalea leucorodia. The Site is also an important spawning and nursery ground for many fish species such as the critically endangered sturgeon Acipenser nudiventris. The floodplain plays an important role in flood control, sediment trapping and nutrient retention. Human activities include agriculture, forestry, commercial fisheries and recreation. The main threats to the ecological character of the Site are posed by the colonization of invasive tree species. A habitat restoration project was carried out in 2009 to restore wet meadows and eliminate exotic species. A National Biodiversity Monitoring System for habitats and birds is in place.

Administrative region: 
Csongrád county

  • National legal designation: 
    • landscape protection area - Mártély
    • Site of Community Importance (SCI) - Mártély
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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