The species

Project objectives



Results, deliverables

Contact, further info

Project locations

This project is carried out on nearly 10 000 ha in Hortobágy National Park, the most important LWfG staging area in Hungary (please see maps below). The entire National Park is a Special Protection Area (SPA, code: HUHN10002) designated in the EU Birds Directive, an Important Bird Area designated by BirdLife International and is listed as a World Heritage Site. In addition, a significant portion of the project area is protected by the Ramsar Convention for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands. For further information on Hortobágy National Park, please visit http://www.hnp.hu.

a preferred feeding
site of LWfG
(© János Tar)


Location of the project area (in red) in Hortobágy National Park (in green). (enlarge map)

Project area

The project area is in the northern part of Hortobágy National Park and includes grasslands, marshes and fishponds (please see maps). Most of the area (c. 90%) is state-owned and managed by the National Park by grazing and mowing or extensive fish farming. The project area includes the most important roosting sites (fishponds, marshes) and feeding sites (grasslands and ploughed lands) of LWfG. The project area comprises habitats preferred by other migratory species (e.g. Common Crane, Grus grus), therefore, the project will also benefit species other than the target species.


The project area (in yellow) in Hortobágy National Park (orange).
Space image colours: green: grassland,
dark blue: fishpond, light blue/red: cropland, dark orange/brown: reedbed, light orange: wooded area.
(enlarge map)