River Drava, upper and middle stretch
This area includes as much as three protected areas - Dravski park of forests, ornithological reservation Veliki Pazut, and significant landscape of Cambina. The strech of the river Drava from Dubrava Krizovljanska to Donja Dubrava, includes three hydropower plant storage reservoirs built on this part of the river, while the free flow of the river is a constellation of shingle-bars and islands, oxbow lakes, ponds and gravel pits. This area is included in the National Ecological Network as a site important for waterbirds' wintering (more then 20.000 waterbirds such as geese, ducks, Coots, etc. dwell here).
This is also an important breeding area of two species endangered on the national level: Common Sandpiper and Willow Warbler. The upper stretch of the river Drava, to Terezino Polje, is the only larger preserved area with gravel banks, bars and islands in Croatia. The river system includes many small tributaries, oxbow lakes, ponds and gravel pits. The pedunculate oak forest Repas belong to this area as well. This is one of the most important Croatian breeding areas for Common and Little Tern.
The middle stretch of the Drava River (from Terezino polje to Donji Miholjac) is characterized by rich river habitats with sandbanks, sand-bars and islands and vertical, eroded, bare riverbanks, oxbow lakes and ponds. As much as 35 couples of White-tailed Sea Eagles nest in the woods of this area. This complete area is threatened by river canalization, water pollution, unregulated hunting, recreational activities and tourism, intensive agriculture and forest management
Types of habitats
- alluvial forests, mainly oak willow and poplar
- intensively cultivated arable fields
- river and swamp habitats
- wet meadows
- other, mostly mosaic arable fields
Common Sandpiper, Willow Warbler, Black-throated Diver, Little Bittern, Night Heron, Great White Egret, Marsh Harrier, Common Tern, Kingfisher, Red-backed Shrike, Gadwall, Icterine Warbler, White-tailed Sea Eagle, Little Tern, Bluethroath, Bittern, Little Egret, Purple Heron, Black Stork, White Stork, Osprey, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Grey Shrike, Barred Warbler, Black Kite, Sand Martin.