A shallow brackish lake with a maximum depth of 1.5 m. The water-level and lake area varies considerably depending upon the amount of rainfall. Along the western shore there is a narrow fringe of reed Phragmites. Natural grassland, agricultural land and human settlements surround the IBA.
This is an important wintering site for Anatidae and is also a breeding site for waders including Himantopus himantopus and Recurvirostra avosetta. Passage species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Pelecanus crispus and Aythya nyroca.
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lake Beibugeac (Plopu). Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/08/2019.