Shabla Lake Complex

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2005

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus LC winter 1997 162-261 individuals B1i, C2
Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis VU winter 1997 20,000-55,845 individuals A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2
Greylag Goose Anser anser LC winter 2003 3,273 individuals B1i, C3
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons LC winter 1997 61,900-177,335 individuals A4i, B1i, C3
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus VU winter 1998 15-50 individuals A1, C1
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca NT passage 1996 10-88 individuals A1, C1
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos LC winter 1997 3,045-62,210 individuals B1i, C3
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus LC winter 2001 286 individuals A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus LC passage 1997 5-392 individuals A1, C1
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus LC breeding 1996 5-9 breeding pairs C6
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus LC breeding 1996 10-14 breeding pairs B2, C6
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola LC breeding 1996 4-10 breeding pairs C6
Mew Gull Larus canus LC winter 1999 285 individuals B1i, C3
Little Tern Sternula albifrons LC breeding 1996 6-8 breeding pairs C6
Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus NT breeding 1995 8-16 breeding pairs B2, C6
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a winter 1997 100,000-499,999 individuals A4iii, C4
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes n/a passage 1997 6,500 individuals B1iv, C5

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Shablensko ezero Zashtitena Mestnost 511 protected area contained by site 0
Shablenski ezeren kompleks Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 3,175 is identical to site 3,195
Shabla Lake Protected Landscape 511 protected area contained by site 511
Lake Shabla Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 404 protected area contained by site 404
Ezero Shabla - Ezerets Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 2,624 protected area overlaps with site 1,444
Balchik State Game Husbandries 133,500 protected area overlaps with site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland, Mesophile grasslands -
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water, Water fringe vegetation -
Sea Open Sea -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land, Forestry plantations, Other urban and industrial areas -
Coastline Sand dunes & beaches -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
water management -
agriculture -
hunting -
tourism/recreation -
fisheries/aquaculture -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Shabla Lake Complex. Downloaded from on 29/11/2020.