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Location Bulgaria, Burgas
Central coordinates 26o 51.70' East  42o 6.75' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, C3
Area 1,329 ha
Altitude 215 - 306m
Year of IBA assessment 2005

Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description A water-storage reservoir in south-eastern Bulgaria, which does not freeze in winter. It is surrounded by low hills covered by arable land (mainly winter wheat). Human activities include hunting, fishing and irrigation.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for wintering Anser albifrons. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Phalacrocorax pygmeus (wintering).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons winter  1997  16,000-16,810 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  -
Shrubland Scrub  -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 10%
hunting 100%
water management 90%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Malko Sharkovo reservoir. Downloaded from on 20/10/2016

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