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Location Bulgaria, Rousse
Central coordinates 26o 6.42' East  43o 40.50' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 27,872 ha
Altitude 30 - 304m
Year of IBA assessment 2005

Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description A complex of river valleys, of the Beli Lom, Cherni Lom, Malki Lom and Rusenski Lom rivers, south-east from the town of Ruse. Limestone cliffs form vertical canyons up to 100 m deep. Forests of Quercus, Carpinus, Fraxinus and Tilia predominate, and there are also plantations of Robinia and Pinus, meadows, and arable land. The riverbanks are overgrown with Salix and Populus. The main human activities are forestry, cultivation, livestock-grazing and recreation.

Key Biodiversity Important numbers of a wide variety of large raptors breed here, as well as Tadorna ferruginea. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aquila heliaca (1 pair), Falco naumanni (2-3 pairs). Significant proportion (³1%) of national population breeding at site: Ciconia nigra (2 pairs).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea breeding  1996  10-12 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus resident  1996  15 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Black Kite Milvus migrans breeding  1996  3 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus breeding  2003  5-7 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Endangered 
Short-toed Snake-eagle Circaetus gallicus breeding  1996  3-4 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Beli Lom Buffer Zone 278 protected area contained by site 278  
Beli Lom Strict Nature Reserve 776 protected area contained by site 773  
Bozhkova dupka - BG0000605 Habitats Directive 1 protected area contained by site 1  
Lomovete - BG0000608 Habitats Directive 32,489 protected area overlaps with site 22,642  
Lomovete - BG0002025 Birds Directive 3,408 protected area contained by site 3,408  
Rusenski Lom Nature Park 3,259 protected area contained by site 3,259  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  70%
Shrubland Scrub  2%
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  8%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  3%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  7%
Artificial - terrestrial Perennial crops, orchards and groves  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 1%
agriculture 8%
forestry 70%
hunting 50%
tourism/recreation 75%

Protection status National High International None3,259 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Rusenski Lom, 3,259 ha). 773 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Beli Lom, 773 ha). 278 ha of IBA covered by Buffer Zone (Beli Lom, 278 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lomovete. Downloaded from on 05/03/2015

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