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Location Bulgaria, Rousse
Central coordinates 26o 41.87' East  44o 3.83' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2, C1, C2, C3, C6
Area 976 ha
Altitude 12 - 95m
Year of IBA assessment 2005

Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds



Site description An island located between kilometres 424-423 in the River Danube, covered by seasonally flooded forest of Salix and Populus. There are sandbars near the banks. Human activities include hunting during the winter.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greylag Goose Anser anser winter  1997  100-500 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis winter  1997  100-200 individuals  good  A1, C1  Endangered 
Egretta garzetta breeding  1996  20 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax breeding  1997  50-150 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides breeding  1996  5-50 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus winter  1997  20-40 individuals  good  A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2  Vulnerable 
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus breeding  1996  10-30 breeding pairs  good  A1, C1, C6  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo winter  1997  500-1,200 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Maluk Pozarevo Protected Landscape 71 protected area contained by site 71  
Pozharevo - Garvan - BG0000530 Habitats Directive 5,886 protected area contains site 976  
Pozharevo Island - BG0000237 Birds Directive 976 is identical to site 976  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  98%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  2%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting 98%
fisheries/aquaculture 2%

Protection status National Partial International None71 ha of IBA covered by Protected Landscape (Maluk Pozarevo, 71 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Pozharevo Island. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/07/2014

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