IBA Morava


Districts: Bratislava IV, Malacky, Senica, Skalica
Altitude: 130 m – 237 m
Area: 284,86 km2


This lowland area is composed of the alluvium of the River Morava and aeolian sand localities. Wet meadows, oxbow lakes, alluvial forests and forests on aeolic sands are prevailing habitats.

Area protection

IBA Morava was designated a Special Protection Area (SPA) Záhorské Pomoravie on April 16, 2010.
Other protected areas in the region of IBA Morava: Protected Landscape Area Záhorie


Area is important as a breeding site for waterfowl, species tied to water and several species of raptors. It is an important site for gathering of geese while migrating and as a territory for wintering as well.

Qualifying species

Species Breeding population Nonbreed. season (ind.) Criterion
Pop.min. Pop.max. Migrating Wintering
Bittern – Botaurus stellaris 2 4 C6
White-fronted Goose – Anser albifrons, Bean Goose – Anser fabalis 20 000 C4
Black Kite – Milvus migrans 7 10 C6
Red Kite – Milvus milvus 2 4 C6
Saker Falcon – Falco cherrug 3 4 C6
Common Tern – Sterna hirundo 20 45 C6
Little Bittern – Ixobrychus minutus 30 40 C6

Other important spieces

White Stork (Ciconia ciconia), Gadwall (Anas strepera), Garganey (Anas querquedula), Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina), Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus), Common Quail (Coturnix coturnix), Spotted Crake (Porzana porzana), Common Redshank (Tringa totanus), Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur), Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), Sand Martin (Riparia riparia), Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata), Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis)