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Location Bulgaria
Central coordinates 23o 26.68' East  43o 11.65' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, C1, C6
Area 30,880 ha
Altitude 199 - 1,481m
Year of IBA assessment 2005

Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug resident  1996  1-2 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Endangered 
Falco peregrinus breeding  1996  7-10 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus resident  1996  25-40 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus resident  1996  8 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus breeding  1996  6-12 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo resident  1996  10-20 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Iskarski prolom - Rzhana - BG0001042 Habitats Directive 22,693 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Vrachanski Balkan - BG0000166 Habitats Directive 35,981 protected area contains site 30,880  
Vrachanski Balkan - BG0002053 Birds Directive 30,880 is identical to site 30,880  
Zapadna Stara Planina i Predbalkan - BG0001040 Habitats Directive 219,716 protected area is adjacent to site 0  

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Vrachanski Balkan. Downloaded from on 25/04/2015

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