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Location Bulgaria, Burgas
Central coordinates 27o 30.65' East  42o 25.75' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, C1, C6
Area 191 ha
Altitude 0 - 22m
Year of IBA assessment 2005

Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description The mouth of a small river in a small bay on the Black Sea coast. There is a sand beach and a mudflat, a large area of reedbeds of Phragmites, Typha and Schoenoplectus, and secondary broadleaved woodland on the nearby slopes.

Key Biodiversity The site is of global importance for Numenius tenuirostris on passage and in winter, and is one of the most important sites in the country for breeding Phalacrocorax pygmeus and Plegadis falcinellus. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Pelecanus crispus (common on passage). Significant proportion (³1%) of national population breeding at site: Ixobrychus minutus (2-3 pairs).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus breeding  1996  5-10 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus breeding  1996  5-10 breeding pairs  good  A1, C1, C6  Least Concern 
Slender-billed Curlew Numenius tenuirostris winter  1997  1-2 individuals  good  A1, C1  Critically Endangered 
Slender-billed Curlew Numenius tenuirostris passage  1996  1-2 individuals  good  A1, C1  Critically Endangered 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Chengene Skele Cove Protected Landscape 160 protected area contained by site 160  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  20%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Water fringe vegetation  -
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  5%
Coastline Mud flats & sand flats; Sand dunes & beaches; Sea cliffs and rocky shores  1%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 70%
urban/industrial/transport 2%

Protection status National High International None160 ha of IBA covered by Protected Landscape (Chengene Skele Cove, 160 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Chengene Skele. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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