Ovtcharitsa Reservoir

Country/territory: Bulgaria

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, C1, C2, C3, C4 (2005)
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Area: 4,304 ha

Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description
A dam on the Ovtcharitza river, surrounded by low hills with arable land (mainly winter wheat). The reservoir is used for cooling an electric power-station at the site (`Other' land-use, below), and therefore the water does not freeze in winter. Human activities include hunting, fishing and irrigation.

Key biodiversity
Important in winter for fish-eating birds (Phalacrocorax spp., Pelecanus crispus) and for Anser albifrons. The site holds 20,000 or more waterbirds on a regular basis.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ovtcharitsa Reservoir. Downloaded from on 14/08/2022.