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Location Iran, Islamic Republic of, Gilan
Central coordinates 48o 50.00' East  38o 23.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2
Area 45 ha
Year of IBA assessment 1994

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.

Key Biodiversity 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.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Populations of IBA trigger species

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 Sea-eagle Haliaeetus albicilla resident  1977  2 breeding pairs  good  A1, B2  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   minor
Wetlands (inland)   minor
Artificial - aquatic   major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
water management major

Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by Dr D. A. Scott, reviewed by Dept of Environment.

References Scott (1976a, 1978a).

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