Restoration of Pannonic sodic wetlands in the Kiskunság

Pannonian salt steppes and salt marshes occur only in a few countries of the European Union, mainly in the Pannonian bio-geographical region. The largest surface area and the centre of distribution of this habitat type is in Hungary, 99% of the Natura 2000 habitat type 1530 occurs in Hungary. Salt steppes and their associated salt-tolerant herbaceous communities are the western representatives of the continental alkaline vegetation in the Pontic region. Within this region, the Carpathian Basin is the western border area of the sodic ecosystem range of Eurasia where characteristic continental soda pans occurs.

Böddi-szék is a characteristic sodic pan and is one of the most important of such wetland habitats in the Carpathian Basin located in the central part of Hungary. The extent of its area is significant with 18% of the open water surface sodic pans in Hungary.

Autumn migration of shorebirds

Autumn migration of shorebirds

In the past three month a lot of species have been appeared on the Böddi-szék because of the favourable water conditions. Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta), Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus), Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus), Ruff (Philomachus pugnax), Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola), Dunlin (Calidris alpina) and Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) occurred in highest number. Sporadic and rare birds could have been observed as well.

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Record number of Shelduck observed!

Record number of Shelduck observed!

Record number of Shelduck have appeared this year in early spring on the Böddi-szék. In the frame of the ornithological monitoring of the project we recorded eighty individuals. Currently, the lake bed is almost filled by water, which creates ideal conditions for waterbirds. Several hundred flocks of ducks and geese are resting on the place, which is a very spectacular natural event.

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Water analysis along the Canal V.

Water analysis along the Canal V.

The canal V. which intersect Böddi-szék sodic lake is a long canal. The upper section of it collects water from sodic wetlands area of Dunavecse. We made a series of analysis with field equipment along the canal to gain information about the salt content of the water in the canal in the upper section and wanted also to know whether the salt content changes until the canal reaches our project site.

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Kiskunság National Park Directorate

Bankovics András
project manager

Phone: +36-30/555-11-71

E-mail address: bankovicsa@knp.hu