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NATURA 2000 - STANDARD DATA FORM

For Special Protection Areas (SPA),
Proposed Sites for Community Importance (pSCI),
Sites of Community Importance (SCI) and
for Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. SITE IDENTIFICATION

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1.1 Type

B

1.2 Site code

BG0000437

1.3 Site name

Reka Cherkezitsa

1.4 First Compilation date

2005-12

1.5 Update date

2015-07

1.6 Respondent:

Name/Organisation:Ministry of Environment and Water, “National Nature Protection Service” Directorate
Address:  Sofia  22    Sofia    1000  Maria Luiza Blvd. 
Email:r.dimova@moew.government.bg
Date site proposed as SCI:2007-03
Date site confirmed as SCI:2008-12
Date site designated as SAC: No data
National legal reference of SAC designation: No data
Explanation(s):Adopted by Council of Ministers Decision No. 122/02.03.2007 (promulgated SG 21/2007).

2. SITE LOCATION

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2.1 Site-centre location [decimal degrees]:

Longitude:25.004400
Latitude:42.083800

2.2 Area [ha]

144.7500

2.3 Marine area [%]

0.0000

2.4 Sitelength [km]:

0.00

2.5 Administrative region code and name

NUTS level 2 code Region Name
BG42Yuzhen tsentralen

2.6 Biogeographical Region(s)

Continental (100.00 %)

3. ECOLOGICAL INFORMATION

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3.1 Habitat types present on the site and assessment for them

Annex I Habitat types Site assessment
Code PF NP Cover [ha] Cave [number] Data quality A|B|C|D A|B|C
      RepresentativityRelative SurfaceConservationGlobal
92A0  info      1.79634  0.00         
  • PF: for the habitat types that can have a non-priority as well as a priority form (6210, 7130, 9430) enter "X" in the column PF to indicate the priority form.
  • NP: in case that a habitat type no longer exists in the site enter: x (optional)
  • Cover: decimal values can be entered
  • Caves: for habitat types 8310, 8330 (caves) enter the number of caves if estimated surface is not available.
  • Data quality: G = 'Good' (e.g. based on surveys); M = 'Moderate' (e.g. based on partial data with some extrapolation); P = 'Poor' (e.g. rough estimation)

3.2 Species referred to in Article 4 of Directive 2009/147/EC and listed in Annex II of Directive 92/43/EEC and site evaluation for them

Species Population in the site Site assessment
G Code Scientific Name S NP T Size Unit Cat. D.qual. A|B|C|D A|B|C
      MinMax  Pop.Con.Iso.Glo.
F1137Barbus plebejus           
A1188Bombina bombina        localities   
R5194Elaphe sauromates        localities   
R1220Emys orbicularis        localities   
I1083Lucanus cervus                 
M1355Lutra lutra     
M1324Myotis myotis    11  50   
I1037Ophiogomphus cecilia    localities   
M1304Rhinolophus ferrumequinum    10         
F1134Rhodeus sericeus amarus           
M1335Spermophilus citellus           
A1171Triturus karelinii        localities   
I1032Unio crassus         
M2635Vormela peregusna           
  • Group: A = Amphibians, B = Birds, F = Fish, I = Invertebrates, M = Mammals, P = Plants, R = Reptiles
  • S: in case that the data on species are sensitive and therefore have to be blocked for any public access enter: yes
  • NP: in case that a species is no longer present in the site enter: x (optional)
  • Type: p = permanent, r = reproducing, c = concentration, w = wintering (for plant and non-migratory species use permanent)
  • Unit: i = individuals, p = pairs or other units according to the Standard list of population units and codes in accordance with Article 12 and 17 reporting (see reference portal)
  • Abundance categories (Cat.): C = common, R = rare, V = very rare, P = present - to fill if data are deficient (DD) or in addition to population size information
  • Data quality: G = 'Good' (e.g. based on surveys); M = 'Moderate' (e.g. based on partial data with some extrapolation); P = 'Poor' (e.g. rough estimation); VP = 'Very poor' (use this category only, if not even a rough estimation of the population size can be made, in this case the fields for population size can remain empty, but the field "Abundance categories" has to be filled in)

3.3 Other important species of flora and fauna (optional)

Species

Population in the site

Motivation

Group CODE Scientific Name S NP Size Unit Cat. Species Annex Other categories
     MinMax C|R|V|PIVVABCD
Bufo viridis                   
Chondrostoma vardarense                   
Coluber caspius                   
Elaphe longissima                   
Erinaceus concolor                   
Hyla arborea                   
Lacerta trilineata                   
Lacerta viridis                   
Leuciscus cephalus                   
Mustela nivalis                   
Natrix tessellata                   
Pelobates syriacus                   
Podarcis taurica                   
Vimba melanops                   
  • Group: A = Amphibians, B = Birds, F = Fish, Fu = Fungi, I = Invertebrates, L = Lichens, M = Mammals, P = Plants, R = Reptiles
  • CODE: for Birds, Annex IV and V species the code as provided in the reference portal should be used in addition to the scientific name
  • S: in case that the data on species are sensitive and therefore have to be blocked for any public access enter: yes
  • NP: in case that a species is no longer present in the site enter: x (optional)
  • Unit: i = individuals, p = pairs or other units according to the standard list of population units and codes in accordance with Article 12 and 17 reporting, (see reference portal)
  • Cat.: Abundance categories: C = common, R = rare, V = very rare, P = present
  • Motivation categories: IV, V: Annex Species (Habitats Directive), A: National Red List data; B: Endemics; C: International Conventions; D: other reasons

4. SITE DESCRIPTION

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4.1 General site character

Habitat class % Cover
N0844.00
N1549.00
N161.00
N236.00

Total Habitat Cover

100

Other Site Characteristics

The Cherkezitsa is a river in Southern Bulgaria, a left tributary of the Maritsa River. It takes its sources from the Dobrostanski hill in the Western Rhodopes. It runs in a relatively shallow alluvial valley in an almost meridian direction. It is 47,5 km long and is used for irrigation. Within the site, the river runs across arable lands. The riparian tree vegetation is relatively scarce. There are places overgrown by wetland vegetation.The river represents a valuable bio-corridor, because it connects the Maritsa River with the northern slopes of the Rhodope Mountains.

4.2 Quality and importance

The river represents a valuable bio-corridor, because it connects the Maritsa River with the northern slopes of the Rhodope Mountains. In table "Ecological Information - Other Important species", the species justified by 'A-National' are not necessarily included in the National Red Data Book, because its last edition is too old (1985), not up-dated and has no legislative value. The species indicated by 'A-National' are the protected flora and fauna species, included in the Bulgarian Biodiversity Act, and therefore this motivation is given highest priority. The Sabanejewia aurata found within the site has recently been identified as Sabanejewia balcanica, derived from Sabanejewia aurata balcanica subspecies.

4.3 Threats, pressures and activities with impacts on the site

The most important impacts and activities with high effect on the site

Negative Impacts
RankThreats and pressures [code]Pollution (optional) [code]inside/outside [i|o|b]
HA04i
HA05.01i
MF02.03i
MJ01i
Positive Impacts
RankActivities, management [code]Pollution (optional) [code]inside/outside [i|o|b]

Rank: H = high, M = medium, L = low
Pollution: N = Nitrogen input, P = Phosphor/Phosphate input, A = Acid input/acidification,
T = toxic inorganic chemicals, O = toxic organic chemicals, X = Mixed pollutions
i = inside, o = outside, b = both

4.5 Documentation

Initial proposal and description of the site made by Elena Kmetova, Dimitar Popov, Gradimir Gradev, Mladen Angelov - Green Balkans Federation, Plovdiv 4000, +359 32 62 69 77, office@greenbalkans.org Initially listed documents: Arnold, E., J. Burton, D. Ovenden. 1992. A field guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Britain and Europe. Collins Publ., London, 272 pp. • Benda, P., T. Ivanova, I. Horacek, V. Hanak, J. Gaisler, J. Cerveny, J. Gaisler, A. Georgieva, B. Petrov, V. Vohralik. 2003. Bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera) of the Eastern Mediterranean. Part 3. Review of bat distribution in Bulgaria. Acta Soc. Zool. Bohem., 67, 245-357. • CORINE BIOTOPES database • Cramp, St. 1983. Handbook of the Birds of Europe the Middle East and North Africa. The Birds of the Western Palearctic. Volume 4. Oxford University Press, 48-62 pp. • Cramp, St., K. Simmons et al. 1977. Handbook of the Birds of Europe the Middle East and North Africa. The Birds of the Western Palearctic. Volume I : Ostrich to Ducks. Oxford University Press. • Delany, S., C. Reyes, E. Hubert, S. Pihl, E. Rees, L. Haanstra, A. Strien. 1999. Results from the International Waterbird Census in the Westwrn Paleactic and Southwest Asia 1995 and 1996. Wetlands International Publication, 54, 178 pp. • Georgiev, D. 2003. A report of Mesocricetus newtoni (Mammalia: Cricetidae) from South-Eastern Bulgaria. Trav. Sci. Univ. Plovdiv, Animalia, 39 (6), 107-110. • Ivanova, T. 2005. Important Bat Underground Habitats (IBUH) in Bulgaria. Acta zool. Bulg. • Horacek, I., J. Cerveny, A. Tausl, D. Vitek. 1974. Notes on the Mammal fauna of Bulgaria (Insectivora, Chiroptera, Rodentia). Vestnik Cesk. Spol. Zool., XXXVIII, 1,19-31. • Karapetkova, M., M. Zhivkov . 1995. Fish in Bulgaria. Sofia. “Gea Libris”, 247 pp. • Kavrakova, V., D. Dimova, M. Dimitrov, R. Tsonev, T.Belev (ed.). 2005. Guide for identification of habitats of European significance in Bulgaria. WWF DCP, Green Balkans Federation. Sofia. 128 pp. • Kostadinova, I. (compiler). 1997. Important Bird Areas in Bulgaria. BSPB, Sofia. • Kostadinova, I., S. Dereliev. 2001. Results from the midwinter census of waterfowl in Bulgaria for the period 1997-2001 year, Sofia. • Macdonald, D., P. Barret. 1993. Mammals of Britain & Europe. Collins field guide, Harper Collins Publ., London, 312 pp. • Michev, T., L. Profirov. 2003. Mid-winter Numbers of Waterbirds in Bulgaria (1977-2001). Results form 25 years of mid-winter counts carried out at the most important Bulgarian wetlands. Sofia – Moscow, 160. • Mihov, S. 2002. Field guide of amphibians in Bulgaria, Bourgas Wetlands, 45 pp. • Milchev, B., Z. Boev, V. Georgiev. 2004. Die Nahrung der Schleiereule (Tyto alba) in Sudost-Bulgarien. Egretta, 47, 66-77. • Nankinov, D., S. Simeonov, T. Michev, B. Ivanov. 1997. Fauna of Bulgaria. Vol. 26: Aves, Part II. Sofia, Academic Publishing House “Prof. M. Drinov”, 427 pp. • Nankinov, D. et al. 2004.Breeding totals of the ornithofauna in Bulgaria. Green Balkans, Plovdiv, 32 pp. • Ornithological database of Green Balkans Federation of Nature Conservation NGOs. • Patev, P. 1950. Birds in Bulgaria. BAS, Sofia, 364 pp. • Peshev, T., D. Peshev, V. Popov. 2004. Fauna of Bulgaria. Vol. 27: Mammalia.Sofia. Academic Publishing House “Prof. M. Drinov”, 632 pp. • Popov, V. 2003. Mammals in Bulgaria. Vitosha Nature Park Directorate, Sofia, “Geosoft”, 291 pp. • Roché, J. 2000. Die Vogelstimmen Europas auf 4 CDs – Rufe und Gesänge. “Kosmos”. • Simeonov, S., T. Michev. 1991. The birds of the Balkan Peninsula. “Peter Beron”, Sofia, 249 pp. • Simeonov, S., T. Michev, D. Nankinov. 1990. Fauna in Bulgaria. Vol. 20 Aves. Part I. S., BAS, 350 pp. • Simeonov, S., T. Michev. 1991. Birds of the Balkan Peninsula. Peter Beron, Sofia, 245 pp. • Swensson, L. 1992. Identification guide to European Passerines. Stockholm. • Swensson L., P. Grant. 2000. Bird guide. Harper Collins Publishers, London, 392 pp. • Sakalyan, M. (eds.). 1993. National Strategy for Biodiversity Conservation. Main Reports. Volume 1. Data revised by a team of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (http://www.bas.bg). New data provided by project "Mapping and assessment of the conservation status of the natural habitats and species - Phase 1" (see link).
http://natura2000.moew.government.bg/Home/ProtectedSite?code=BG0000437&siteType=HabitatDirective

5. SITE PROTECTION STATUS

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5.1 Designation types at national and regional level:

Code Cover [%]
BG0080.45
BG0319.55

5.2 Relation of the described site with other sites:

Designated at national or regional level:

Type code Site name Type Cover [%]
BG03Fosilni nahodki*19.55

Designated at international level:

Type Site name Type Cover [%]
Other Fosilni nahodki*19.55

6. SITE MANAGEMENT

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6.1 Body(ies) responsible for the site management:

Organisation:Regional Inspectorate of Environment and Water: Plovdiv
Address:
Email:

6.2 Management Plan(s):

An actual management plan does exist:

Yes
No, but in preparation
X
No

 

7. MAP OF THE SITE

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