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Location Romania, Tulcea
Central coordinates 29o 7.10' East  45o 1.68' North
IBA criteria C1, C2, C3, C4, C6
Area 248 ha
Altitude 2 - 4m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Romanian Ornithological Society



Site description A shallow brackish lake with a maximum depth of 1.5 m. The water-level and lake area varies considerably depending upon the amount of rainfall. Along the western shore there is a narrow fringe of reed Phragmites. Natural grassland, agricultural land and human settlements surround the IBA.

Key Biodiversity This is an important wintering site for Anatidae and is also a breeding site for waders including Himantopus himantopus and Recurvirostra avosetta. Passage species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Pelecanus crispus and Aythya nyroca.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons winter  1990-2006  6,000-9,200 individuals  good  C3  Least Concern 
Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis winter  1990-2006  700-2,500 individuals  good  C1, C2, C6  Endangered 
Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis passage  1990-2006  2,000-3,000 individuals  good  C1, C2, C6  Endangered 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus winter  1990-2006  120-130 individuals  good  C2, C6  Least Concern 
Gadwall Mareca strepera passage  1990-2006  800-1,360 individuals  good  C3  Least Concern 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca passage  1990-2006  120-163 individuals  good  C1  Near Threatened 
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus passage  1990-2006  250-270 individuals  good  C2  Least Concern 
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia passage  1990-2006  190-310 individuals  good  C2  Least Concern 
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides passage  1990-2006  234-490 individuals  good  C2  Least Concern 
Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus passage  1990-2006  630-900 individuals  good  C2, C6  Least Concern 
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus passage  1990-2006  42-77 individuals  good  C1, C2, C6  Vulnerable 
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus winter  1990-2006  660-800 individuals  good  C2, C6  Least Concern 
Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus breeding  1990-2006  14-28 breeding pairs  good  C1  Near Threatened 
Himantopus himantopus breeding  1990-2006  24-40 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Himantopus himantopus passage  1990-2006  340 individuals  good  C2  Not Recognised 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta breeding  1990-2006  38-74 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Charadrius alexandrinus breeding  1990-2006  12-14 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa passage  1990-2006  450-3,000 individuals  good  C1, C3  Near Threatened 
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola breeding  1990-2006  24-55 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola passage  1990-2006  200-320 individuals  good  C2, C6  Least Concern 
Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus passage  1990-2006  1,800-2,600 individuals  good  C2, C6  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons passage  1990-2006  400 individuals  good  C2, C6  Least Concern 
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida passage  1990-2006  2,000 individuals  good  C2  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  1990-2006  20,000 individuals  good  C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Delta DunÄ Birds Directive 511,921 protected area overlaps with site 15  
Lacul Beibugeac - ROSPA0052 Birds Directive 256 protected area overlaps with site 231  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water; Water fringe vegetation  98%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised 98%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lake Beibugeac (Plopu). Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/12/2014

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