Size: 8042.5882 ha
Site code: CZ0811020
Altitude: 214 - 308 meters above sea level
Region: Moravian-Silesian Region
Coordinates: 49.687500N, 18.044722E
Longitude: E 18°2'41''
Latitude: N 49°41'15''
Special protection area Poodří bird area is located in the north-eastern part of the Czech republic in the northern Moravia around the river Oder (Odra) between the cities Jeseník nad Odrou and Ostrava. Bird area is a part of the Poodří Protected Landscape Area (Chráněná krajinná oblast Poodří, CHKO Poodří) and also of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. In the area are several smaller specially protected areas such as National Natural Reserve Polanská Niva (národní přírodní rezervace Polanská niva, NPR Polanská niva), number of natural reserves (přírodní rezervace, PR) and couple of natural monuments (přírodní památka, PP). Tha main part of the bird area consists of the meanders of the river Oder (Odra) and its affluents surrounded by floodplain forests and meadows, natural wetlands and also system of more than 50 ponds.
There is specially protected four species of birds – the Eurasian bittern (Botaurus stellaris), the gadwall (Anas strepera), the common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) and the western marsh harrier (Circus aeruginosus). The Eurasian bittern nests on the ponds with more extensive growth of reed or reed-mace and less intensive fish stock. The most common location is the Kotvice Pond in the Kotvice Natural Reserve and Okluk Pond. The western marsh harrier seeks out ponds with hard water plants, meadows with small-sized wetlands with reeds or cath-water drains with reeds and also cornfields. This bird of prey is nesting at all five pond systems. The common kingfisher occurs mainly on the meandering river Oder and also by its affluents just about a kilometer up the stream, sporadically it can nest also on the ponds. The gadwall is a migrating bird which also nests in the area. This duck is most common on the spring flight and in nesting time. It seeks out mostly bigger ponds with open water surface, but with sufficient growth of reeds and so on. Most frequently occurs on the ponds Dolní Bartošovický, Horní Bartošovický, Kotvice, Nový and Velký Otluk.
Mainly wetland landform attracts water birds in the time of nesting and migration. Significant species is the spotted crake (Porzana porzana), by the water streams is nesting also the sand martin (Riparia riparia) and the common sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos). Among common migrating birds are wading birds, especially the northern lapwing (Vanellus vanellus), the ruff (Philomachus pugnax), the wood sandpiper (Tringa glareola), the common greenshank (Tringa nebularia) and others. On the wet meadows can be seen the corn crake (Crex crex) and the common redshank (Tringa totanus). Sporadically occurs the black-tailed godwit (Limosa limosa), the western yellow wagtail (Motacilla flava), the whinchat (Saxicola rubetra) and the European stonechat (Saxicola rubicola, Saxicola torquata).
Ptačí oblast Poodří (next information in Czech language)
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