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Location Bulgaria, Plovdiv
Central coordinates 24o 33.47' East  42o 25.47' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, C3, C4
Area 3,179 ha
Altitude 253 - 380m
Year of IBA assessment 2005

Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds



Site description A freshwater reservoir in south-eastern Bulgaria, surrounded by low hills with forests of Quercus and forestry plantations of Pinus. Land-uses include hunting, fishing and irrigation.

Key Biodiversity Anser albifrons winters in important numbers, and the site holds 20,000 or more waterbirds on a regular basis. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Phalacrocorax pygmeus (max. 21 in winter), Anser erythropus (max. 3 on passage), Branta ruficollis (max. 12 in winter), Aythya nyroca (max. 10 on passage).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons winter  1996  9,072-25,388 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  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)  
Pyasachnik Reservoir - BG0002010 Birds Directive 3,179 is identical to site 3,179  
Reka Pyasachnik - BG0000444 Habitats Directive 1,880 protected area is adjacent to site 0  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  15%
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  10%
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater  73%
Artificial - terrestrial Perennial crops, orchards and groves  2%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 73%
water management 73%
agriculture 2%
hunting 60%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Pyasachnik Reservoir. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/12/2014

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