Thursday, 23 October 2008

Destinations: Serbia

Serbia is a great birding destination but one which few birders visit. Here is a brief introduction to some of this country's best lowland sites. Stari Begej - Carska Bara is a remnant of the once extensive flood plain of the lower reaches of the River Begej. It is a mosaic of fishponds, swamps, marshes, forests, meadows and dry steppe, crossed by rivers, canals and lined with embankments. The vegetation mainly consists of salt-tolerant plants, aquatic flowering plants and typical steppe plant communities. This rich diversity of habitats supports a range of rare, endangered and vulnerable fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds. Deliblato Sands
is a fascinating wilderness comprising some 33,000 hectares of steppe and mixed forests that growing on one of the largest areas of sand in Europe. The area is bordered by the Danube, Tamis and Karas rivers and is home to a great variety of mammals including lesser mole-rat, marbled polecat and grey wolf. The Slano Kopovo nature reserve is a good to watch the spectacular autumn migration of Common Cranes. It consists of a large saltwater lake, fringed on one shore by extensive reedbeeds and surrounded by an arid region of saline steppe. There is a large number and variety of breeding and visiting waterbirds and raptors. Zasavica (see photo above) is dominated by a 33 km long riverine habitat set in a mosaic of aquatic and wetland ecosystems. The slow flowing River Zasavica is fed by underground springs and the surrounding farmland is dotted with oak, ash, poplar and willow woods. In the coming months I will include more on this underbirded country in this blog. Thanks to Milan Ruzic was background information.

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