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Location Bulgaria, Plovdiv
Central coordinates 25o 2.13' East  42o 4.78' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2, C1, C2, C6
Area 38 ha
Altitude 164 - 172m
Year of IBA assessment 2005

Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description A small, open reservoir near Konush village, with beds of Typha, and a group of trees on its south bank, and surrounded by arable land. Land-uses include fish-farming, irrigation and hunting.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for migrating and wintering Phalacrocorax pygmeus, and supports one of the most important breeding colonies of Nycticorax nycticorax in Bulgaria.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax breeding  2000  20-160 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Egretta garzetta breeding  2000  30-100 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus breeding  2000  3-8 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus winter  1997  50-800 individuals  good  A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2  Least Concern 
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus passage  1996  30-800 individuals  good  A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Ayazmoto Protected Site 4 protected area contained by site 4  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  98%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  2%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
water management 98%
fisheries/aquaculture 98%
agriculture 2%
hunting 100%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Konush Reservoir. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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