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Location Bulgaria, Plovdiv
Central coordinates 24o 45.50' East  42o 11.22' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2
Area 146 ha
Altitude 163 - 168m
Year of IBA assessment 2005

Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description The fish-ponds are situated north of the town of Plovdiv, and are partially covered by aquatic vegetation of Ceratophyllum, Potamogeton, Trapa and Nymphoides, with fringing beds of Typha, Phragmites, Carex, Juncus and Salix along the banks.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great White Egret Ardea alba winter  1997  140-168 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus winter  1997  800-1,000 individuals  good  A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2  Least Concern 
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus passage  1996  20-800 individuals  good  A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Plovdiv Fish-ponds - BG0002016 Birds Directive 146 is identical to site 146  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  100%
Artificial - aquatic   -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 100%
hunting 100%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Plovdiv Fish-ponds. Downloaded from on 30/10/2014

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