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Location Montenegro
Central coordinates 19o 18.00' East  41o 55.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2
Area 1,350 ha
Altitude
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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



Site description An area of salt-pans (with fresh water in winter and spring; saline in summer and autumn), largely without vegetation, bordered by agricultural land. Human activities include salt-extraction. The site lies close to Lake Sasko (site 039) and is a transboundary IBA with `Velipoja' in Albania (site AL013).

Key Biodiversity The site is important for breeding and feeding waders, several of which are species of European conservation concern. In summer 1988, 15,000 waders (Charadrii) were counted.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus non-breeding  70 individuals  A1  Least Concern 
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola breeding  1988  75-90 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i, B2  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2013 high not assessed low
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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
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) 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 plan exists but the management planning process has begun  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  low 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland   -
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
urban/industrial/transport -
hunting 80%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ulcinj saltpans. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/12/2014

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