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Location Iran, Islamic Republic of, Golestan
Central coordinates 54o 52.00' East  37o 9.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2
Area 550 ha
Altitude 25 m
Year of IBA assessment 1994





Site description The site comprises two shallow freshwater lakes, Lake Bibishervan (37°09'N 54°52'E, 300 ha) and Lake Eymar (37°08'N 54°52'E, 250 ha), with fringing Phragmites and Carex on the southern edge of the Turkoman Steppes 30 km west-south-west of Gonbad-e Qaboos. The surrounding area is cultivated.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax winter  1972  430 individuals  good  A1, B2  Near Threatened 
Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus winter  1970-1977  3,000 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida breeding  1977  150 breeding pairs  good  B1i  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland)   100%
Artificial - terrestrial   major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture major

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

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

References Scott (1976a,c).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lake Bibishervan and Lake Eymar. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 02/08/2014

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