Mandra-Poda complex

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2005

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala EN winter 1997 24-202 individuals A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus LC winter 1997 9-599 individuals B1i, C2
Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis VU winter 2000 16,878 individuals A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons LC winter 1997 10,000-36,855 individuals A4i, B1i, C3
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca NT winter 2001 98 individuals A1, C1
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia LC breeding 1996 30-37 breeding pairs B2, C6
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus LC breeding 1996 1-30 breeding pairs B2, C6
Common Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus LC breeding 1998 45-75 breeding pairs B2, C6
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax LC breeding 2003 43 breeding pairs C6
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides LC breeding 1996 30 breeding pairs B2, C6
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea LC breeding 1996 16-20 breeding pairs C6
Great White Egret Ardea alba LC winter 2000 446 individuals A4i, B1i, C2
Little Egret Egretta garzetta LC breeding 1996 50-72 breeding pairs C6
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus NT winter 1997 11-203 individuals A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2
Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus LC passage 1996 203-2,000 individuals A4i, B1i, C2
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus LC winter 1997 19-320 individuals A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo LC winter 1997 15-1,873 individuals B1i, C3
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta LC breeding 1996 5-15 breeding pairs B3, C6
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus LC breeding 1996 12-25 breeding pairs C6
Slender-billed Curlew Numenius tenuirostris CR passage 1996 1 individuals A1, C1
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola LC breeding 1998 2-12 breeding pairs C6
Little Tern Sternula albifrons LC breeding 1995 6-20 breeding pairs C6
Common Tern Sterna hirundo LC breeding 1991 10-72 breeding pairs C6
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus LC resident 1998 3 breeding pairs C6
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a winter - 20,000-49,999 individuals A4iii, C4
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes n/a passage 1996-2003 24,733-98,660 individuals A4iv, B1iv, C5

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Uzungeren Zashtitena Mestnost 211 protected area contained by site 0
Ustie na reka Izvorska Zashtitena Mestnost 151 protected area contained by site 0
Poda Lagoon Protected Landscape 101 protected area contained by site 101
Poda Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 307 protected area contained by site 307
Poda Zashtitena Mestnost 101 protected area contained by site 0
Mandra - Poda Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 6,139 protected area contains site 0
Mandra - Poda Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 6,139 protected area contains site 5,988
Izvorska Mouth Protected Landscape 151 protected area contained by site 151
Fakiyska reka Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 4,105 protected area is adjacent to site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Mesophile grasslands -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Standing brackish and salt water, Water fringe vegetation -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
agriculture -
urban/industrial/transport -
nature conservation and research -
forestry -
hunting -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mandra-Poda complex. Downloaded from on 16/10/2021.