Pomorie Lake

Country/territory: Bulgaria

IBA criteria met: A1, A4i, B1i, B2, B3, C1, C2, C3, C6 (2005)
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Area: 948 ha

Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description (baseline)
A hyper-saline lake on the Black Sea coast (a former coastal lagoon), most of which is utilized for salt production. There are shallow saltpans of varying salinity, separated by narrow dykes; a freshwater canal between the saltpans; freshwater marshes with rich vegetation; dry, saline areas covered by salt-tolerant vegetation; and a sand beach along the coast. The vegetation around the saltpans is dominated by Salicornia and Puccinellia, while Typha, Phragmites and Schoenoplectus dominate in the more freshwater areas. Most of the lake is used for artisanal (non-intensive) salt-production (`Other' land-use, below). There is a mud-cure establishment.

Key biodiversity
The lake is important for breeding Recurvirostra avosetta, migrating Pelecanus crispus and wintering Cygnus olor. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Phalacrocorax pygmeus (min. 24 in winter; max. 29 on passage), Aythya nyroca (max. 15 on passage), Oxyura leucocephala (3-5 in winter), Crex crex (occurs on passage). Significant proportion (³1%) of national population breeding at site: Ixobrychus minutus (5 pairs).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Pomorie Lake. Downloaded from on 30/05/2023.