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Location Iran, Islamic Republic of, Golestan
Central coordinates 54o 30.00' East  37o 13.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B1i
Area 50 ha
Altitude 30 m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Site description Lying c.40 km north of Gorgan, the site comprises a small freshwater lake with some emergent marsh vegetation. It is surrounded by grassy steppe and arable land.

Key Biodiversity See box for key species. A wintering area for a wide variety of waterfowl including good numbers of Cygnus olor and Mergellus albellus. The surrounding plains are probably an important staging area for Charadrius asiaticus.

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
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus winter  1973  36 individuals  good  A1  Vulnerable 
Caspian Plover Charadrius asiaticus passage  1977  110 individuals  good  B1i  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland)   100%
Grassland   major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
rangeland/pastureland -
agriculture -

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

References Scott (1976a).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Incheh Borun lake and marshes. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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