Svishtov-Belene Lowland

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2005 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis VU winter 1996 122 individuals A1, C1
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons LC winter 1996 40,450 individuals A4i, B1i, C3
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus LC breeding 1996 19 breeding pairs A1, C1, C6

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2005).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Svishtovsko-Belenska nizina Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 5,440 is identical to site 5,441
Svishtovska gora Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 1,917 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Persina Priroden Park 21,762 protected area overlaps with site 0
Persina Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 25,684 protected area overlaps with site 3,881
Kaykusha Zashtitena Mestnost 155 protected area contained by site 0
Belene Islands Complex Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 18,330 protected area contains site 0

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Svishtov-Belene Lowland. Downloaded from on 10/12/2023.