Gornje Podunavlje Special Nature Reserve
Gornje Podunavlje Special Nature Reserve is a protected area of wetlands in the northwest of Serbia, Vojvodina province. It comprises two big marshes along the left bank of the Danube River - the Monostor and Apatin marsh, including 66 km of the Danube River
The first designation as a protected area dates back to 1955 when a small area was proposed as an important habitat for the White Tailed Eagle and the Black Stork. Gornje Podunavlje was designated as a Special Nature Reserve in 2001, with a total size of 19,648 ha.
Gornje Podunavlje Reserve is heaven for biodiversity. More than 150 bird species can be found in the reserve, many of them endangered. The reserve boasts important aquatic and semi-aquatic vegetation, wet meadows and forests of willow, poplar, ash and oak trees. The area is one of the most important spawning areas for fish along the Danube River.
Gornje Podunavlje Special Nature Reserve was proclaimed a Ramsar site in 2007.
Gornje Podunavlje is one of the best preserved wetlands in the Danube River Basin. It neighbors Kopački Rit Nature Park in Croatia and the Danube-Drava National Park in Hungary.
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