A former sedimentation reservoir, close to the town of Beloslav, south of Varnensko lake. There are reedbeds of Phragmites and Typha, open-water areas, and low cliffs along the southern margin. The banks are covered by Salicornia, with Poa/Lolium grasslands and forests of Quercus, Ulmus and Carpinus on surrounding hills. The reservoir is not used for human activity, which is prohibited under the protected-area status.
The IBA is important for wintering Cygnus olor and is one of the most important breeding sites in the country for Tadorna ferruginea. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Phalacrocorax pygmeus (max. 20 on passage, max. 9 in winter), Pelecanus crispus (max. 5 on passage), Aythya nyroca (1 pair sometimes breeds; max. 18 on passage). Significant proportion (³1%) of national population breeding at site: Recurvirostra avosetta (3 pairs).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Nesting birds are disturbed by passing people and cars. BSPB monitors the site.
National High International None154 ha of IBA covered by National Monument (Yatata, 154 ha).
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Yatata. Downloaded from
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