Plovdiv Fish-ponds

Country/territory: Bulgaria

IBA criteria met: A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2 (2005)
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Area: 146 ha

Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2013 very unfavourable very high low
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Site description (2000 baseline)
The fish-ponds are situated north of the town of Plovdiv, and are partially covered by aquatic vegetation of Ceratophyllum, Potamogeton, Trapa and Nymphoides, with fringing beds of Typha, Phragmites, Carex, Juncus and Salix along the banks.

Key biodiversity
The ponds are important for wintering and migrating Phalacrocorax pygmeus and for wintering Egretta alba. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (min. 3 on passage). Significant proportion (³1%) of national population breeding at site: Ixobrychus minutus (5-6 pairs).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Plovdiv Fish-ponds. Downloaded from on 24/02/2024.