The site includes the largest natural lake on the Romanian plain, associated with the Neajlov river. Approximately 75% of its surface is covered by reedbeds (Phragmites). The shallow waters increase in depth during periods of flood; intense silting is taking place. An area of forest lies to the south of the lake.
This is an important site for breeding and passage waterbirds. 212 species have been recorded from the lake and forest. Passage species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Phalacrocoraxpygmeus, Pelecanus crispus and Gallinago media.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats are from fishing and recreational activities. The reed is encroaching on areas of open water, reducing the overall area of this habitat. A management plan exists for the site.
National Partial International None80 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Grãdinari Wood, 245 ha).