|Location||Iran, Islamic Republic of, Gilan|
|Central coordinates||48o 50.00' East 38o 23.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4i, B1i, B2|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Ornithological information See box for key species. The swampy woodland and dead trees in the lake support a large breeding colony of Phalacrocorax carbo plus much smaller numbers of four species of herons and egrets.
Site description A small reservoir (used for irrigation) in an area of deciduous woodland on the narrow coastal plain of the Caspian Sea, c.7 km south of Astara. The dam lies at the foot of the forested coastal ranges, west of the Astara to Bandar Anzali highway. In late winter and spring parts of the surrounding woodland are flooded, while at low water level in late summer some mudflats are exposed. There is some emergent marsh vegetation, numerous tall dead trees and an adjacent area of swampy woodland.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo||breeding||1977||1,200-1,500 breeding pairs||good||A4i, B1i||Least Concern|
|White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla||resident||1977||2 breeding pairs||good||A1, B2||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial landscapes (aquatic)||major|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.
Management considerations No conservation measures are known to have been proposed. Much of the surrounding forest has been cleared for pasture and cultivation (mainly fruit and vegetables).
References Scott (1976a, 1978a).
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