Country/territory: Bulgaria

IBA criteria met: B2, C6 (2005)
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Area: 27,872 ha

Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description (2000 baseline)
A complex of river valleys, of the Beli Lom, Cherni Lom, Malki Lom and Rusenski Lom rivers, south-east from the town of Ruse. Limestone cliffs form vertical canyons up to 100 m deep. Forests of Quercus, Carpinus, Fraxinus and Tilia predominate, and there are also plantations of Robinia and Pinus, meadows, and arable land. The riverbanks are overgrown with Salix and Populus. The main human activities are forestry, cultivation, livestock-grazing and recreation.

Key biodiversity
Important numbers of a wide variety of large raptors breed here, as well as Tadorna ferruginea. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aquila heliaca (1 pair), Falco naumanni (2-3 pairs). Significant proportion (³1%) of national population breeding at site: Ciconia nigra (2 pairs).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Lomovete. Downloaded from on 30/11/2023.