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Conservation Facts

Population: 7.9 million
Total Area: 77.226 km2
Population density: 100 per km2
Protected Area: 5%
National Parks: 5
Largest Nature reserve: Djerdap National Park 636.8 km2

Resident Photographers:

Visiting Photographers:

Ruben Smit

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From the vast reedbeds and floodplains at the border with Croatia and Hungary to the peaks of the Dinaric mountain range in the South Serbia harbours an astonishing diversity of habitats, wildlife and plants.

One of great conservation importance even on a European scale is the Ramsar site of Gornje Podunavlje, a temporary flooded mosaic of oxbows, meadows and broadleafed forests along the Danube. Wild boars, Red, Fallow and Roe Deer are among the bigger species that still thrive in this area, which is also a heaven for almost two hundred species of birds breeding here and a variety of reptiles and amphibians, among them the Fire-bellied toad and the European Pond Turtle.
However, our photographer Ruben Smit reports that the forests in this unique ecosystem are under threat from un-controlled logging and that the future of even the protected areas might be uncertain.
Not very far from this biodiversity hotspot is a geological site of extraordinary beauty, the «Iron Gate» of the Danube – a steep gorge, one of the most impressive in Europe, most parts of which are protected within the boundaries of Djerdap National Park. Here nature enthusiasts can find insects in overwhelming numbers, among them several endangered species and a good selection of reptiles typical for the Balkan region, e.g. the Long-nosed Viper.

Several large fish-ponds in Vojvodina attract large numbers of migrating and breeding birds. The country's largest heronry can be found in the Ribnak Becei (Becei fish ponds), just North of Novi Sad.
Also not far from this attractive city is the National Park Fruska Gora, a breeding site for the endangered Imperial Eagle and well known for its mixed lime-oak-beech forests and related plant community with several species of orchids.

Three more sites should at least be mentioned here: the Deliblatska sands, a large ancient desert, which is much smaller in size nowadays, but still contains large sandy areas providing breeding grounds for the emblematic Saker Falcon and up to 18.000 pairs of Sand Martins.
Southwest of the country's capital, Belgrade, lies Uvac gorge. Rafting or canoeing down the river you might catch a glimpse of some of the 250 pairs of Griffon vultures breeding here, but will most probably not see any of the lynx, wolves or bears that roam the rugged mountains close to the border with Montenegro.
Finally the stunning clay towers of Devil's town (Davolja varos) at the foot of the Radan mountains were spectacular enough to have them listed for the «Next 7 Wonders of the World».