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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 


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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