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Location Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of
Central coordinates 22o 44.17' East  41o 12.53' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2, B3
Area 2,691 ha
Altitude 0 - 150m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Macedonian Ecological Society (Affiliate)

Site description Shallow eutrophic lake, with extensive reedbeds extending into Greece (site 023) There is an intensive traditional fishing industry.

Key Biodiversity Formerly important for breeding waterfowl including Pelecanus onocrotalus, Egretta alba, Ardea purpurea, Cygnus olor and Oxyura leucocephala; however, no data on breeding species are available for recent years. The International Waterfowl Census counts in winter 1987 and 1988 recorded (1988 data unless stated) Gavia arctica (10), Podiceps nigricollis (40), Phalacrocorax carbo sinensis (10), Aythya ferina (1,150), and Fulica atra (6,350).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca resident  2000  5-10 breeding pairs  B2  Near Threatened 
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus winter  2010  400-500 individuals  A1, A4i, B1i  Vulnerable 
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus winter  2001  490-1,230 individuals  unknown  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus breeding  2001  30-45 breeding pairs  unknown  B3  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  97%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  2%
Grassland   1%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -

Protection status National Partial International NoneIBA protected by Ornithological Reserve.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Lake Dojran. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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