A small irrigation storage reservoir on the Gorgan river, c.50 km north-north-east of Gorgan and 35 km west of Gonbad-e Qaboos, in a region of steppe and arable land. The water level fluctuates widely, and extensive mudflats can be exposed, but in most places the banks shelve steeply and there is little emergent vegetation.
See box for key species. A wintering area for ducks and grebes, notably Netta rufina (up to 340 birds) and Mergellus albellus, and a staging area for shorebirds. Sterna albifrons breeds.
Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
No conservation measures are known to have been proposed and there is no information on threats to the site.
Data-sheet compiled by Dr D. A. Scott, reviewed by Dept of Environment.