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Location Poland, zachodnio-pomorskie
Central coordinates 14o 28.00' East  53o 43.00' North
IBA criteria C1, C2, C3, C4, C6
Area 55,950 ha
Altitude 20 m
Year of IBA assessment 2010

Ogólnopolskie Towarzystwo Ochrony Ptaków



Site description The Polish part of Szczecin lagoon. The waters are shallow (mean depth 2-3 m) and extremely productive in fish, with high density of benthic organisms. Aquatic plants dominate in places, and shores are covered by reedbeds Phragmites and rushes Scirpus. The lagoon is used for shipping.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bean Goose Anser fabalis passage  2004-2009  3,000-8,000 individuals  good  C3  Least Concern 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus passage  2004-2009  200-600 individuals  good  C2  Least Concern 
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula passage  2004-2009  20,000-40,000 individuals  poor  C3  Least Concern 
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula winter  2004-2009  22,000 individuals  good  C3  Least Concern 
Greater Scaup Aythya marila winter  2004-2009  54,000 individuals  good  C3  Least Concern 
Greater Scaup Aythya marila passage  2004-2009  50,000-90,000 individuals  poor  C3  Least Concern 
Smew Mergellus albellus winter  2004-2009  3,000-35,000 individuals  poor  C2  Least Concern 
Goosander Mergus merganser passage  2004-2009  30,000-50,000 individuals  poor  C3  Least Concern 
Goosander Mergus merganser winter  2004-2009  30,000 individuals  good  C3  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo winter  2004-2009  14,000 individuals  good  C3  Least Concern 
Red Kite Milvus milvus breeding  1995-2003  8-10 breeding pairs  C1  Near Threatened 
White-tailed Sea-eagle Haliaeetus albicilla breeding  2005-2009  7-10 breeding pairs  poor  C6  Least Concern 
Milvus migrans breeding  1995-2003  6-7 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  2005-2009  70-90 males only  poor  C1  Least Concern 
Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus passage  2004-2009  2,000-5,000 individuals  good  C2  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  2004-2009  135,000-250,000 individuals  poor  C4   
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  2004-2009  150,000 individuals  poor  C4   

IBA Monitoring

2013 very high not assessed medium
unset
Unknown

Agriculture and aquaculture annual & perennial non-timber crops - small-holder farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Biological resource use gathering terrestrial plants - unintentional effects (species being assessed is not the target) happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Energy production and mining renewable energy happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Invasive & other problematic species, genes & diseases invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - unspecified species happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Residential and commercial development tourism and recreation areas happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species  Very little or no conservation action taking place  medium 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Szczecin lagoon Baltic Sea Protected Area (Helcom) 52,467 protected area overlaps with site 43,015  
Szczecin lagoon Baltic Sea Protected Area (Helcom) 30,703 protected area overlaps with site 1,428  
Wolinski PN National Park 10,937 protected area is adjacent to site 0  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 50%
tourism/recreation 40%
urban/industrial/transport 10%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Szczecin lagoon. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 03/07/2015

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