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Location Romania, Galati,Vaslui
Central coordinates 28o 4.30' East  46o 4.62' North
IBA criteria C1, C2, C3, C4, C6
Area 9,187 ha
Altitude 9 - 228m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Romanian Ornithological Society

Site description An area of wetland with numerous pools and fish-ponds close to the River Prut. Aquatic vegetation is well developed and includes reedbeds (Phragmites); there are also areas of Salix and Populus.

Key Biodiversity This is an important breeding, wintering and stop-over site for waterbirds. Seventy-four species have been recorded. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Phalacrocorax pygmeus (2-20 non-breeding birds).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greylag Goose Anser anser passage  1990-2006  5,000-7,000 individuals  good  C3  Least Concern 
Mute Swan Cygnus olor passage  1990-2006  450-800 individuals  good  C3  Least Concern 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca breeding  1990-2006  24-30 breeding pairs  good  C1  Near Threatened 
White Stork Ciconia ciconia passage  1990-2006  4,000-6,000 individuals  good  C2  Least Concern 
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus breeding  1990-2006  50-70 breeding pairs  good  C2, C6  Least Concern 
Great White Egret Ardea alba breeding  1990-2006  40-50 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa passage  1990-2006  2,500-3,000 individuals  good  C1, C3  Near Threatened 
Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus passage  1990-2006  900-1,200 individuals  good  C3  Least Concern 
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis breeding  1990-2006  30-50 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)  
Lunca JoasÄ Habitats Directive 5,656 protected area overlaps with site 1,751  
Lunca Prutului - VlÄ Birds Directive 7,652 protected area overlaps with site 1,751  
Habitats Directive 176 protected area contained by site 176  
Habitats Directive 151 protected area contained by site 151  
Râul Prut - ROSCI0213 Habitats Directive 12,506 protected area overlaps with site 2,701  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  95%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 40%
not utilised 60%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Cârja - Maţa - Rădeanu - Roşcani. Downloaded from on 18/04/2015

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