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Location Bulgaria, Varna
Central coordinates 27o 16.47' East  43o 10.32' North
IBA criteria A4iv, B1iv, B2, B3, C5, C6
Area 84,030 ha
Altitude 13 - 420m
Year of IBA assessment 2005

Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description A low, hilly area between two river valleys, with some rocky massifs. Land cover is dominated by broadleaved forests of Quercus, Carpinus and Fraxinus, cultivated land, and pastures overgrown with bushes.

Key Biodiversity This is one of the most important breeding areas in the country for several raptors (Neophron percnopterus, Circaetus gallicus, Buteo rufinus, Aquila chrysaetos, Bubo bubo), as well as for Dendrocopos medius and Lanius minor. Significant proportion (³1%) of national population breeding at site: Aquila pomarina (1-2 pairs).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus breeding  2003  6 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Endangered 
European Turtle-dove Streptopelia turtur breeding  1998  432-3,709 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Vulnerable 
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo resident  2000  13 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  1998  72-700 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
European Roller Coracias garrulus breeding  1998  13-73 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Leiopicus medius resident  1998  370-495 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Syrian Woodpecker Dendrocopos syriacus resident  1998  140-415 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio breeding  1998  810-6,100 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Barred Warbler Sylvia nisoria breeding  1998  40-390 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana breeding  1998  640-4,227 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Least Concern 
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes passage  2004-2005  38,000 individuals  good  A4iv, B1iv, C5   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Slaveikova Gora National Monument 74 protected area contained by site 74  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  50%
Shrubland Scrub  1%
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  18%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  1%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas  30%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 50%
agriculture 47%
hunting 100%

Protection status National Low International None74 ha of IBA covered by National Monument (Slaveikova Gora, 74 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Provadiysko-Royaksko plateau. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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