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Location Montenegro
Central coordinates 19o 22.00' East  41o 58.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, B2, B3
Area 350 ha
Altitude
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Centre for Protection and Research of Birds of Montenegro (Affiliate)



Site description A small lake south of Lake Skadar (site 038) and part of the Bojana river catchment. It is situated about 10 km inland from the Adriatic coast, almost on the border with Albania, forming a transboundary IBA with Velipoja (Albanian site 013).

Key Biodiversity A colony of breeding herons and cormorants existed at Lake Sasko formerly, but shifted in the late 1980s and early 1990s, probably to the Albanian side of the border, near the Bojana river. Birds from the colony still visit Lake Sasko regularly to feed. The B2 criterion has been assigned at the site level as the following species of European conservation concern are present during the breeding season, but in largely unknown numbers: Phalacrocorax pygmeus, Botaurus stellaris, Ixobrychus minutus, Nycticorax nycticorax (20 pairs), Ardeola ralloides, Ardea purpurea, Plegadis falcinellus (a few pairs), Anas querquedula, Falco tinnunculus, Perdix perdix, Tringa totanus, Chlidonias niger, Chlidonias hybridus, Bubo bubo, Athene noctua, Otus scops, Picus viridis, Galerida cristata, Lanius senator and Emberiza hortulana. The B3 criterion has been assigned at the site level as the following species of European conservation concern are present during the breeding season, but in unknown numbers: Aythya ferina, Erithacus rubecula, Luscinia megarhynchos, Turdus merula, Locustella luscinioides, Sylvia melanocephala, Sylvia communis, Parus lugubris, Corvus monedula and Emberiza citrinella.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia breeding  25 breeding pairs  B1i  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2013 high not assessed low
unset
Unknown

Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities likely in long term (beyond 4 years) whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities likely in long term (beyond 4 years) whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  No management planning has taken place  Very little or no conservation action taking place  low 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
unknown -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lake Sasko. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/12/2014

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