|Location||Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of|
|Central coordinates||20o 43.55' East 41o 3.35' North|
|IBA criteria||A4i, A4iii, B1i, B3|
|Altitude||695 - 950m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2008|
Ornithological information No data are available for breeding season. The International Waterfowl Census counts (in the Macedonian sector) in winter 1987 and 1988 recorded (1988 data unless stated) Tachybaptus ruficollis (1,090), Phalacrocorax carbo sinensis (70), P. aristotelis (10), Cygnus olor (100 in 1987), Aythya ferina (7,050), A. fuligula (2,200) and Fulica atra (32,100).
Site description A large inland freshwater lake in a mountain basin, part of which is in Albania (see Albanian site 002).
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Pygmy Cormorant Phalacrocorax pygmeus||breeding||2000||100 breeding pairs||-||B3||Least Concern|
|Common Coot Fulica atra||winter||2000||32,000 individuals||-||A4i, B1i||Least Concern|
|A4iii Species group - waterbirds||winter||1988-2000||30,000-40,000 individuals||-||A4iii|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Ohrid Region World Heritage Site||National Park Reserve||38,000||protected area contains site||25,100|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Wetlands (inland)||Standing freshwater||99%|
|Forest||Broadleaved deciduous woodland||1%|
|Artificial landscapes (terrestrial)||Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas||1%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Management considerations With an age of 2-4 million years, this is one of the most ancient lakes in the world, harbouring many endemic species among its aquatic fauna.
Protection status National Partial International HighIBA covered by Ornithological Reserve. 25,100 ha of IBA covered by World Heritage Site (Ohrid Region; 25,100 ha).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lake Ohrid. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/05/2013
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