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Location Romania, Constanta,Dobrogea
Central coordinates 28o 35.30' East  44o 22.27' North
IBA criteria C1, C2, C3, C4, C6
Area 5,951 ha
Altitude 0 - 102m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Romanian Ornithological Society



Site description A coastal lake at the end of the Casimcea valley with a steep limestone shoreline, except on the eastern side where it is separated from the sea by a sandbank. The lake reaches a depth of 5.6 m and has two islands. Sparse reedbeds (Phragmites) are found in the north-west of the lake.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus passage  1990-2006  24 individuals  good  C1, C6  Vulnerable 
Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis passage  1990-2006  260 individuals  good  C1  Endangered 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus passage  1990-2006  200-230 individuals  good  C2  Least Concern 
Common Pochard Aythya ferina passage  1990-2006  10,000 individuals  good  C3  Least Concern 
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala passage  1990-2006  2 individuals  good  C1  Endangered 
Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus passage  1990-2006  300-330 individuals  good  C2  Least Concern 
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus passage  1990-2006  60-70 individuals  good  C1, C2, C6  Vulnerable 
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug passage  1990-2006  2 individuals  good  C1  Endangered 
Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus passage  1990-2006  84-90 individuals  good  C1  Near Threatened 
Charadrius alexandrinus breeding  1990-2006  6 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans winter  1990-2006  12,000 individuals  good  C3  Least Concern 
Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka breeding  1990-2006  20-30 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  1990-2006  20,000 individuals  good  C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Cheile Dobrogei - ROSPA0019 Birds Directive 10,922 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Lacurile TaÅ Birds Directive 2,697 protected area contained by site 2,697  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Water fringe vegetation  -
Artificial - terrestrial   8%
Coastline Lagoons; Sand dunes & beaches  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 8%
fisheries/aquaculture 80%
urban/industrial/transport 8%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lake Taşaul. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/08/2014

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