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Location Iran, Islamic Republic of, Fars
Central coordinates 52o 10.00' East  29o 40.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2
Area 70 ha
Altitude 2,200 m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Site description The Haft Barm (Seven Lakes) are a group of small, slightly saline lakes lying at 2,200 m in hollows in broken undulating country east of Kuh-i Anar and c.65 km west-north-west of Shiraz. Fed by local run-off, principally spring snow-melt, they are generally frozen in mid-winter. The southernmost five lakes generally dry out completely in summer. The two largest (in the north) are surrounded by belts of Phragmites with patches of Butomus, but the other smaller lakes are almost barren except for algae and some small patches of Butomus. The surrounding uplands support tragacanthic steppe communities and some wheat farming. The lakes are used by the local nomadic tribes for watering livestock, washing and reed-cutting. Land ownership is public.

Key Biodiversity See box for key species. Marmaronetta angustirostris has been recorded in summer and probably breeds. Tringa totanus probably breeds. Notable on autumn passage are Tadorna ferruginea and Fulica atra; Anas strepera and A. penelope are also passage migrants.

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
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea passage  1977  630 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris breeding  1971  200 individuals  poor  A1, A4i, B1i, B2  Vulnerable 


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
rangeland/pastureland minor
other minor
Notes: washing and reed-cutting

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

References Cornwallis (1968), Scott (1976a).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Haft Barm. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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