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Situated about 75km north-west of Belgrade, the Fruska Gora National Park consists of low wooded hills, reaching a maximum height of 540m at Crveni Cot, on the southern edge of the Pannonian Plain.
Between the floodplains of the Danube to the north and Sava to the south, the park covers about 25,000ha of wooded hillsides, pasture, orchards and vineyards with large areas of forest. Most of the woods are deciduous, mainly Lime, Beech, Oak, Hornbeam and Ash but in addition there are extensive coniferous plantations.
Like many other sites in this region prior to the Yugoslavian conflicts of the 1990s this was a popular destination for birders and it is to be hoped that the wars have not damaged the area's birdlife excessively. However, there is little recent information regarding birding in the region and some species formerly found here may no longer occur.
The Fruska Gora National Park was once home to a good range of raptors including Saker Falcon and eagles such as White-tailed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Golden Eagle, Eastern Imperial Eagle and Lesser Spotted Eagle. These may still breed in small numbers along with the more numerous Black Kite, Common Buzzard and Western Honey Buzzard.
Birds you can see here include:
Black Stork, White Stork, European Honey Buzzard, Black Kite, White-tailed Eagle, Western Marsh Harrier, Northern Goshawk, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Greater Spotted Eagle, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Golden Eagle, Osprey, Common Kestrel, Red-footed Falcon, Northern Hobby, Saker Falcon, Eurasian Scops Owl, Little Owl, Common Kingfisher, European Bee-eater, Eurasian Hoopoe, Eurasian Wryneck, Green Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Wood Lark, Barn Swallow, Tawny Pipit, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Marsh Tit, Short-toed Treecreeper, Eurasian Golden Oriole, Red-backed Shrike, Lesser Grey Shrike, Northern Raven, Hawfinch, Ortolan Bunting
The area was famous as a botanical site with specialities such as Ranunculus illyricus, Amydalus nana, Salvia nutans and Pulsatilla grandis.
History and Use
The area is very popular with visitors from Belgrade and Novi Sad and added attractions are the thermal and mineral springs and a variety of sites of historical and archeological interest.
Areas of Interest
Access and Facilities
Fruska Gora can be reached by road from Belgrade, Novi Sad and Sabac and the park office can be found at Sremska Kamenica.
Accommodation, including campsites, can be found within the park. Hopefully the conflicts in this region have now abated and perhaps in the future birders will once again be able to visit this remarkable country.
Content and images originally posted by Steve