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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.

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  


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 on 17/09/2014

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