Half a century on, Glossy Ibis returns to Obedska Bara Ramsar Site

Half a century on, Glossy Ibis returns to Obedska Bara Ramsar Site

22 July 2016
Serbia

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Glossy Ibis (Photo credit: Lorand Vigh)

After more than 50 years of absence, the Glossy Ibis has once again returned to breed in the Obedska Bara Ramsar Site in Serbia.

Obedska Bara is also an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA). It is located on the banks of the Sava River some 30 km west of the capital Belgrade and was once considered a European stronghold of this species. During the late 19th and beginning of the 20th century, up to 4.500 breeding pairs were spotted congregating there during breeding season, according to research.

Due to the worsening of habitat conditions Glossy Ibis has become extinct as a breeding bird in 1960s.

An international habitat restoration camp called Return of the Ibis was initiated in 1992 and has been organised annually since then. This was followed in 1997 by series of measures to restore habitats, including restoration of wet meadows and former pastures within the alluvial area of Obedska Bara.

More than 220 volunteers from 25 countries and 100 locals, officials and companies  from neighboring villages took part in restoring the site. They were led by the Institute for Nature Conservation of Vojvodina Province, Young Researchers of Serbia and Provincial Secretariat for Urban Planning and Environmental Protection of Vojvodina Province, who are also conducting further research into the area.

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Source: BirdLife International