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Location: Area of Kopački rit, Baranja and ponds Donji Miholjac
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Area of Kopački rit, Baranja and ponds Donji Miholjac

Kopački rit Nature Park is situated in the northeastern part of the Republic of Croatia, i.e. on the wider geographical area of eastern Croatia. Kopački rit is a floodplain that developed due to the activities of two large rivers, the Danube and the Drava. Rivers create banks and islands called “ade” and armbands called ‘dunavac’ or ‘old Drava’ in their live streams. On the other hand, the water in the floodplain deposits sediments in one place but deepens the ground in another, so the whole area obtains a specific undulate appearance. Kopački rit was designated on the List of Ramsar areas in 1993. An ecological network is a system of the most valuable areas for endangered species, habitats, ecological systems, and landscapes that are sufficiently close to each other and connected with corridors.

The area of ​​the lower course of the river Drava and its confluence with the Danube is one of the most important marshes in Europe, consisting of a large complex of river, wetland and forest habitats, and fish farms. The most important species are Black-necked grebe (Podiceps nigricollis), the great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo), great white egret (Egretta alba), black stork (Ciconia nigra), Eurasian spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia), black kite (Milvus migrans), white-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) and Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida).


List of bird species:

  • Podiceps nigricollis
  • Phalacrocorax carbo
  • Phalacrocorax pygmaeus
  • Ardea cinerea
  • Ardea purpurea
  • Egretta alba
  • Nycticorax nycticorax
  • Botaurus stellaris
  • Ciconia nigra
  • Platalea leucorodia
  • Anas strepera
  • Anas plathyrhynchos
  • Anas querquedula
  • Pandion haliaetus
  • Haliaeetus albicilla
  • Circus aeruginosus
  • Aquila pomarina
  • Larus ridibundus
  • Sterna hirundo
  • Chlidonias hybridus
  • Chlidonias leucopterus
  • Chlidonias niger