Parches-Somova wetland

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
An area of lakes and reedbeds (Phragmites) bordered by the Danube and situated upstream from Tulcea. Reedbeds cover approximately 65% of the site; a few Salix trees and Populus plantations occur along the Danube. Human activities include fishing and reed-harvesting by local people (`Other' land-use).

Key biodiversity
The site is important for breeding and passage waterbirds, with a bird fauna similar to that of the Danube delta. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Pelecanus crispus (20 passage birds) and Aythya nyroca (18 breeding pairs).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The dyke constructed along the Danube hinders water inflow to the IBA. A management plan exists for the site.

Protected areas
National High International High3,100 ha of IBA covered by Biosphere Reserve (Danube Delta, 580,000 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Parches-Somova wetland. Downloaded from on 25/09/2022.