|Central coordinates||19o 36.00' East 41o 38.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4i, B1i|
|Altitude||0 - 1m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2000|
Site description The site includes two brackish, shallow, coastal lagoons, separated from the sea by two sandbars, with an outlet to the Adriatic Sea in the centre. At low tide several hectares of mudflats are exposed. The site includes the riparian Fushe-Kushe forest with Alnus glutinosa and Populus alba, extending for approximately 50 ha. Adjacent marshes have reedbeds with Juncus maritimus and Typha angustifolia. Until recent drainage the site encompassed 4,200 ha of wetland. The main land-uses are fishing, agriculture, grazing, hunting (the area is a Game Reserve) and tourism (along the sandbars).
Key Biodiversity The area is particularly important for migratory and wintering waders (c.4,000 waterbirds present each year), including the globally endangered Numenius tenuirostris. Formerly a colony of 20-30 pairs of Pelecanus crispus bred on Cabok island.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta||winter||1996||87-1,034 individuals||good||A4i, B1i||Least Concern|
|Slender-billed Curlew Numenius tenuirostris||passage||1992||5 individuals||good||A1||Critically Endangered|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Patok-Fushe-Kuqe||Managed Nature Reserve||2,200||protected area contains site||1,211|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Forest||Alluvial and very wet forest; Native coniferous woodland||10%|
|Wetlands (inland)||Rivers and streams; Standing brackish and salt water; Water fringe vegetation||-|
|Artificial - terrestrial||Arable land||20%|
|Coastline||Lagoons; Mud flats & sand flats; Salt marshes; Sand dunes & beaches||-|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Protection status National High International None1,211 ha of IBA covered by Game Reserve (1,211 ha).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Patoku lagoon. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/12/2014
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