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Location Ukraine, Odessa
Central coordinates 30o 0.00' East  45o 47.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2
Area 19,200 ha
Altitude 0 - 19m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ukranian Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description A system of lakes in the lower reaches of the Danube valley, by the Black Sea coast near Zheltye Vodu village.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons winter  1992  13,000 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Greylag Goose Anser anser winter  1992  700 individuals  medium  B1i  Least Concern 
Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis winter  1995  2,500 individuals  A1, A4i, B1i  Vulnerable 
Mute Swan Cygnus olor winter  1995  1,150 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna winter  1995  820 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos winter  1992  25,000 individuals  medium  B1i  Least Concern 
Common Pochard Aythya ferina winter  1995  43,000 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Vulnerable 
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula winter  1995  14,000 individuals  medium  B1i  Least Concern 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta passage  1992  1,300 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Charadrius alexandrinus breeding  1999  60-200 breeding pairs  unknown  B2  Not Recognised 
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola breeding  1992  60 breeding pairs  medium  B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Larus cachinnans breeding  2,800 breeding pairs  A4i, B1i  Not Recognised 
Larus cachinnans passage  1992  18,000 individuals  A4i, B1i  Not Recognised 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1992  50,000-99,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Shagany-Alibei-Burnas Lakes System Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 19,000 protected area contains site 19,200  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Scrub  8%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Salt marshes; Sand dunes and beaches; Standing brackish and salt water; Water fringe vegetation  82%
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 10%
fisheries/aquaculture 10%
not utilised 60%
tourism/recreation 20%

Protection status National None International High19,000 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Shagany-Alibei-Burnas Lakes System, 19,000 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Shagany-Alibej-Burnas lake-system. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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