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Location Bulgaria, Rousse
Central coordinates 26o 33.85' East  44o 1.53' North
IBA criteria B2
Area 80 ha
Altitude 19 - 119m
Year of IBA assessment 2005

Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds



Site description A 12-m-high, vertical loess cliff, located on a major regional road south-west of the town of Tutrakan. The surrounding open lands are covered by steppe-like vegetation of grasslands with some scrub (Crataegus, Rosa, Rubus) and forests of Robinia. Human activities include stock-grazing and loess excavation.

Key Biodiversity The site holds the largest nesting colony of Merops apiaster in Bulgaria.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
European Bee-eater Merops apiaster breeding  1996  150 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Boblata - BG0000180 Habitats Directive 3,217 protected area overlaps with site 72  
Stenata - BG0002031 Birds Directive 80 is identical to site 80  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
urban/industrial/transport -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Stenata. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/12/2014

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