Balta Albă - Amara - Jirlău This is an IBA in danger! 

Country/territory: Romania

IBA Criteria met: C1, C2, C3, C4, C6 (2007)
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Area: 51,474 ha

Protection status:

Romanian Ornithological Society
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2016 very high very unfavourable medium
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Site description
The site has three lakes associated with the River Buzãu. Balta Albã is a salt lake (max. depth 4 m) and does not freeze in winter. Amara is brackish and supports areas of reedbed (Phragmites). Jirlãu is fresh and has extensive reedbeds. The lakes are surrounded by agricultural fields and both wet and dry meadows. Reed is harvested at Jirlãu (`Other' land-use).

Key biodiversity
This is an important site for breeding and passage waterbirds, particularly grebes, ducks and herons. The site holds 20,000 or more passage waterbirds on a regular basis (including 8,000 Anas crecca, 5,000 Anas clypeata, and 8,000 Aythya ferina). Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex (breeding).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Balta Albă - Amara - Jirlău. Downloaded from on 05/12/2020.