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Location Bulgaria, Burgas
Central coordinates 27o 37.33' East  42o 35.42' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2, B3, C1, C2, C3, C6
Area 948 ha
Altitude 0 - 9m
Year of IBA assessment 2005

Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds



Site description A hyper-saline lake on the Black Sea coast (a former coastal lagoon), most of which is utilized for salt production. There are shallow saltpans of varying salinity, separated by narrow dykes; a freshwater canal between the saltpans; freshwater marshes with rich vegetation; dry, saline areas covered by salt-tolerant vegetation; and a sand beach along the coast. The vegetation around the saltpans is dominated by Salicornia and Puccinellia, while Typha, Phragmites and Schoenoplectus dominate in the more freshwater areas. Most of the lake is used for artisanal (non-intensive) salt-production (`Other' land-use, below). There is a mud-cure establishment.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Mute Swan Cygnus olor winter  1997  4-635 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus passage  1996  100 individuals  medium  A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2  Vulnerable 
Spotted Crake Porzana porzana breeding  1998  1-9 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus breeding  2003  35 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta breeding  1996  20-50 breeding pairs  good  B3, C6  Least Concern 
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus breeding  1998  6-20 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis breeding  1999  176 breeding pairs  good  C2, C6  Least Concern 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  1996  30 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sterna albifrons breeding  2001  55 breeding pairs  good  C2, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Aheloi - Ravda - Nesebar - BG0000574 Habitats Directive 3,928 protected area overlaps with site 73  
Pomorie - BG0000620 Habitats Directive 2,085 protected area overlaps with site 871  
Pomorie Lake Protected Landscape 761 protected area contained by site 761  
Pomorie Lake - BG0000152 Birds Directive 948 is identical to site 948  
Pomorie Wetland Complex Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 814 protected area contained by site 814  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  5%
Coastline Lagoons; Sand dunes & beaches  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting 100%
other 80%
urban/industrial/transport 5%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Pomorie Lake. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/04/2014

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