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Location Bulgaria, Sofia
Central coordinates 23o 3.67' East  42o 56.05' North
IBA criteria A1, A4iii, B2, C1, C4, C6
Area 13,180 ha
Altitude 559 - 1,188m
Year of IBA assessment 2005

Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description Rayanovci meadows, together with the former Dragomansko marsh, is in western Bulgaria. Vegetation is dominated by Carex, Poa and Alopecurus, and there are groups of Salix and Populus trees along drainage canals. Human activities include cattle-grazing and haymaking.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for breeding species such as Crex crex, Coturnix coturnix, Lullula arborea and Lanius collurio. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Falco naumanni (rare, on passage).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Quail Coturnix coturnix breeding  2004  500 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca breeding  2004  5-10 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Near Threatened 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  2005  48 breeding pairs  good  A1, C1  Least Concern 
Burhinus oedicnemus breeding  2004  10 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Not Recognised 
Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla breeding  2004  120-160 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris breeding  2004  70-100 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii, C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Dragoman - BG0000322 Habitats Directive 21,357 protected area contains site 13,180  
Rayanovtsi - BG0002001 Birds Directive 13,180 is identical to site 13,180  
Zapadna Stara Planina i Predbalkan - BG0001040 Habitats Directive 219,716 protected area is adjacent to site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands  80%
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  20%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 60%
forestry 21%
fisheries/aquaculture 2%
tourism/recreation 56%
hunting 50%
urban/industrial/transport 18%
water management -
nature conservation and research -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Rayanovtsi. Downloaded from on 02/03/2015

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