Chengene Skele

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
The mouth of a small river in a small bay on the Black Sea coast. There is a sand beach and a mudflat, a large area of reedbeds of Phragmites, Typha and Schoenoplectus, and secondary broadleaved woodland on the nearby slopes.

Key biodiversity
The site is of global importance for Numenius tenuirostris on passage and in winter, and is one of the most important sites in the country for breeding Phalacrocorax pygmeus and Plegadis falcinellus. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Pelecanus crispus (common on passage). Significant proportion (³1%) of national population breeding at site: Ixobrychus minutus (2-3 pairs).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Illegal hunting occurs in the protected area. People and nearby road traffic disturb birds during the breeding season.

Protected areas
National High International None160 ha of IBA covered by Protected Landscape (Chengene Skele Cove, 160 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Chengene Skele. Downloaded from on 04/12/2022.