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Vistula Lagoon This is an IBA in danger! 


IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2010

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Mute Swan Cygnus olor LC passage 1995-2003 1,800-3,500 individuals C3
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons LC passage 2006 15,600 individuals C3
Smew Mergellus albellus LC passage 2006-2009 500-2,000 individuals C2
Spotted Crake Porzana porzana LC breeding 1995-2003 20-100 males C6
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo LC breeding 2009 8,918-10,226 breeding pairs C3
Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus LC passage 2006-2009 400-5,500 individuals C2
Black Tern Chlidonias niger LC breeding 2006-2009 80-160 breeding pairs C6
White-tailed Sea-eagle Haliaeetus albicilla LC breeding 2006-2009 8-10 breeding pairs C6
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a passage 2006-2008 22,000-26,000 individuals C4

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.

For more information about the IBA assessment process and criteria please click here


IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2019 very high not assessed not assessed
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by unset
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - small-holder farming happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Agricultural expansion and intensification marine and freshwater aquaculture - subsistence/artisinal aquaculture happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Biological resource use fishing & harvesting aquatic resources - unintentional effects: large scale happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Invasive and other problematic species and genes invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - unspecified species happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - abstraction of ground water (agricultural use) happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Natural system modifications fire & fire suppression - increase in fire frequency/intensity happening now some of area/population (10-49%) very rapid to severe deterioration high
Natural system modifications other ecosystem modifications past (and unlikely to return) and no longer limiting small area/few individuals (<10%) very rapid to severe deterioration low
Residential and commercial development tourism and recreation areas happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low
Transportation and service corridors shipping lanes happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Some of site covered (10-49%) No management planning has taken place Very little or no conservation action taking place not assessed
For more information about IBA monitoring please click here

IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Zatoka Elbląska Rezerwat Przyrody 831 protected area contained by site 420
Zalew Wislany i Mierzeja Wislana Baltic Sea Protected Area (HELCOM) 40,000 protected area contains site 0
Zalew Wiślany i Mierzeja Wiślana Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 40,862 protected area contains site 33,632
Zalew Wiślany Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 32,224 protected area contained by site 32,224
Wysoczyzny Elbląskiej - Zachód Obszar Chronionego Krajobrazu 1,886 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Wysoczyzny Elbląskiej - Wschód Obszar Chronionego Krajobrazu 5,882 protected area overlaps with site 0
Wybrzeża Staropruskiego Obszar Chronionego Krajobrazu 1,760 protected area overlaps with site 0
Vistula Lagoon Baltic Sea Protected Area (Helcom) 40,831 protected area overlaps with site 33,132
Ujście Nogatu Rezerwat Przyrody 409 protected area overlaps with site 0
Rzeki Szkarpawy Obszar Chronionego Krajobrazu 4,341 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Rzeki Nogat (woj. warmińsko-mazurskie) Obszar Chronionego Krajobrazu 2,656 protected area overlaps with site 0
Rzeki Nogat (woj. pomorskie) Obszar Chronionego Krajobrazu 11,928 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Rzeki Baudy Obszar Chronionego Krajobrazu 17,648 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Park Krajobrazowy Wysoczyzny Elbląskiej Park Krajobrazowy 13,350 protected area overlaps with site 0
Park Krajobrazowy Mierzeja Wiślana Park Krajobrazowy 4,118 protected area overlaps with site 0
Dolina Pasłęki Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 20,670 protected area is adjacent to site 0

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Water fringe vegetation -
Coastline Lagoons -
Forest -
Grassland -
Other -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
other -
tourism/recreation -
hunting -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Vistula Lagoon. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 03/10/2022.