|Central coordinates||27o 35.07' East 43o 51.72' North|
|IBA criteria||A4iv, B1iv, B2, C5, C6|
|Altitude||28 - 253m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2005|
Ornithological information The area is one of the most important breeding sites in the country for Tadorna ferruginea, Buteo rufinus and Aquila pomarina. Significant proportion (³1%) of national population breeding at site: Neophron percnopterus (1 pair), Circaetus gallicus (1 pair), Hieraaetus pennatus (1 pair), Bubo bubo (1-3 pairs).
Site description A section of the arid valley between the village of Karapelit and the Romanian border. There are many high, rocky massifs among the large river-meanders between the village of Balik and the village of Brestnitza, but elsewhere massifs are not very high. Forests are dominated by Quercus, Carpinus and Fraxinus. There is a reservoir, nearly 7 km long, whose open water is partly covered by Lemna and Ceratophyllum.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus||resident||2005||15 breeding pairs||good||B2, C6||Least Concern|
|Lesser Spotted Eagle Aquila pomarina||breeding||2005||9 breeding pairs||good||B2, C6||Least Concern|
|Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo||resident||2005||11 breeding pairs||good||B2, C6||Least Concern|
|A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes||passage||2005||42,000 individuals||good||A4iv, B1iv, C5|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Suha reka - BG0000107||Habitats Directive||62,529||protected area contains site||25,770|
|Suha Reka - BG0002048||Birds Directive||25,770||is identical to site||25,770|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Forest||Broadleaved deciduous woodland||50%|
|Grassland||Dry siliceous grassland||20%|
|Wetlands (inland)||Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation||1%|
|Rocky areas||Inland cliffs||9%|
|Artificial landscapes (terrestrial)||Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves||20%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Management considerations The main problems are the disturbance of nesting birds (by treasure-hunters), and water pollution by waste-water from farms. The exact sources of the pollution are unknown because of the well-drained karst terrain.
Protection status National None International None
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