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Location Bulgaria
Central coordinates 27o 1.57' East  42o 9.32' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, B3, C1, C6
Area 53,817 ha
Altitude 117 - 632m
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 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca resident  1996  4 breeding pairs  good  A1, C1, C6  Vulnerable 
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus resident  1996  3-5 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Black Kite Milvus migrans breeding  1996  1-3 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Burhinus oedicnemus breeding  1996  5-10 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Not Recognised 
Little Owl Athene noctua resident  1996  30-56 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Leiopicus medius resident  1996  290 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Syrian Woodpecker Dendrocopos syriacus resident  1996  100-200 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 
Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus breeding  1996  10-13 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Calandra Lark Melanocorypha calandra resident  1996  100-300 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Crested Lark Galerida cristata resident  1996  1,000-2,000 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Olive-tree Warbler Hippolais olivetorum breeding  1996  40-48 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Derventski vazvisheniya 1 - BG0000218 Habitats Directive 38,696 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Derventski vazvisheniya 2 - BG0000219 Habitats Directive 55,036 protected area overlaps with site 40,657  
Fakiyska reka - BG0000230 Habitats Directive 4,105 protected area overlaps with site 378  
Malko Sharkovo reservoir - BG0002027 Birds Directive 1,329 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Sredetzka reka - BG0000198 Habitats Directive 708 protected area overlaps with site 111  
Western Strandzha - BG0002066 Birds Directive 53,817 is identical to site 53,817  

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Western Strandzha. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/08/2014

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