An area of lakes and reedbeds (Phragmites) bordered by the Danube and situated upstream from Tulcea. Reedbeds cover approximately 65% of the site; a few Salix trees and Populus plantations occur along the Danube. Human activities include fishing and reed-harvesting by local people (`Other' land-use).
The site is important for breeding and passage waterbirds, with a bird fauna similar to that of the Danube delta. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Pelecanus crispus (20 passage birds) and Aythya nyroca (18 breeding pairs).
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Parches-Somova wetland. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/01/2021.