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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.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for passage and wintering waterbirds.

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 20/12/2014

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