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|
|Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus||LC||winter||1997||150-2,050 individuals||A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2|
The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2005).
|Protected area (PA)||PA designation||PA area (ha)||Relationship of PA with IBA||Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)|
|Zlato pole||Special Protection Area (Birds Directive)||409||is identical to site||409|
|Zlato pole||Zashtitena Mestnost||85||protected area contained by site||0|
|Reka Maritsa||Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive)||14,693||protected area overlaps with site||372|
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Zlato Pole. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/zlato-pole-iba-bulgaria on 23/09/2023.