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



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1.1 Type


1.2 Site code


1.3 Site name

Burgasko ezero

1.4 First Compilation date


1.5 Update date


1.6 Respondent:

Name/Organisation:Ministry of Environment and Water, “National Nature Protection Service” Directorate
Address:  Sofia  22    Sofia    1000  Kn. Maria Luiza Blvd.

1.7 Site indication and designation / classification dates

Date site classified as SPA:2007-03
National legal reference of SPA designationSite classified as SPA by Council of Ministers Decision No. 122/02.03.2007 (promulgated SG 21/2007).
Date site proposed as SCI:2007-03
Date site confirmed as SCI:2008-12
Date site designated as SAC:2021-03
National legal reference of SAC designation:Designation Order No. RD – 307/ 31.03.2021 (promulgated SG 48/2021) issued by the Minister of Environment and Water.
Explanation(s):Site classified as SPA and adopted as pSCI by Council of Ministers Decision No. 122/02.03.2007 (promulgated SG 21/2007). Issued designation order by the Minister of Environment and Water with prohibitions and restrictions on activities contradicting the conservation objectives of the SPA – Order No. RD – 769/28.10.2008 (promulgated SG 102/2008). Issued by the Minister of Environment and Water designation Order No. RD – 307/ 31.03.2021 (promulgated SG 48/2021) with prohibitions and restrictions on activities contradicting the conservation objectives of the SAC.


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2.1 Site-centre location [decimal degrees]:


2.2 Area [ha]


2.3 Marine area [%]


2.4 Sitelength [km] (optional):

No information provided

2.5 Administrative region code and name

NUTS level 2 code Region Name

2.6 Biogeographical Region(s)

Black Sea (100.00 %)


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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
1410  info      0.79  0.00 
91E0  info      10.51  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.
BA402Accipiter brevipes    15  15   
BA086Accipiter nisus     
BA086Accipiter nisus          DD 
BA293Acrocephalus melanopogon     
BA168Actitis hypoleucos       
BA168Actitis hypoleucos       
F5288Alburnus mandrensis    22437  22437 
BA229Alcedo atthis     
BA054Anas acuta      12   
BA054Anas acuta    74   
BA056Anas clypeata    63  1418   
BA056Anas clypeata    70  1530   
BA052Anas crecca    15  1120   
BA052Anas crecca    95   
BA050Anas penelope    35   
BA050Anas penelope      33   
BA053Anas platyrhynchos    91  347   
BA053Anas platyrhynchos    242  989   
BA053Anas platyrhynchos    20  20   
BA055Anas querquedula      171   
BA051Anas strepera     
BA051Anas strepera    236   
BA051Anas strepera      53   
BA041Anser albifrons    116  200000   
BA043Anser anser       
BA042Anser erythropus       
BA090Aquila clanga       
BA089Aquila pomarina    2000  2000   
BA028Ardea cinerea    55   
BA028Ardea cinerea    30  45   
BA028Ardea cinerea    80   
BA029Ardea purpurea       
BA029Ardea purpurea     
BA029Ardea purpurea      10   
BA024Ardeola ralloides    22  22   
BA024Ardeola ralloides      26   
BA222Asio flammeus       
BA059Aythya ferina    10   
BA059Aythya ferina    1170  52170   
BA059Aythya ferina    3791  70000   
BA061Aythya fuligula    17  73   
BA061Aythya fuligula       
BA061Aythya fuligula      368   
BA060Aythya nyroca       
BA060Aythya nyroca      29   
A1188Bombina bombina    localities 
BA021Botaurus stellaris       
BA021Botaurus stellaris       
BA021Botaurus stellaris       
BA396Branta ruficollis      1400   
BA067Bucephala clangula       
BA087Buteo buteo    17   
BA087Buteo buteo    310  310   
BA403Buteo rufinus       
BA403Buteo rufinus     
BA144Calidris alba       
BA149Calidris alpina       
BA147Calidris ferruginea       
BA147Calidris ferruginea    25   
BA145Calidris minuta       
BA145Calidris minuta    200   
BA138Charadrius alexandrinus       
BA138Charadrius alexandrinus       
BA136Charadrius dubius       
BA136Charadrius dubius     
BA137Charadrius hiaticula          DD 
BA196Chlidonias hybridus    52   
BA196Chlidonias hybridus    80   
BA198Chlidonias leucopterus      68   
BA197Chlidonias niger    33  155   
BA197Chlidonias niger       
BA031Ciconia ciconia     
BA031Ciconia ciconia       
BA031Ciconia ciconia    40000  40000   
BA030Ciconia nigra       
BA030Ciconia nigra    553  553   
BA081Circus aeruginosus    16   
BA081Circus aeruginosus     
BA081Circus aeruginosus    11   
BA082Circus cyaneus     
BA082Circus cyaneus       
BA083Circus macrourus       
BA084Circus pygargus     
I4045Coenagrion ornatum    localities 
BA231Coracias garrulus    10  10   
BA122Crex crex    10  10   
BA037Cygnus columbianus bewickii       
BA038Cygnus cygnus      194   
BA038Cygnus cygnus      79   
BA036Cygnus olor    246   
BA036Cygnus olor    113  221   
BA036Cygnus olor     
BA429Dendrocopos syriacus     
BA027Egretta alba    34   
BA027Egretta alba       
BA027Egretta alba      110   
BA026Egretta garzetta    153   
BA026Egretta garzetta    50  50   
R5194Elaphe sauromates        localities  DD 
R1220Emys orbicularis    localities 
BA511Falco cherrug     
BA098Falco columbarius       
BA098Falco columbarius       
BA095Falco naumanni       
BA103Falco peregrinus       
BA103Falco peregrinus       
BA099Falco subbuteo       
BA099Falco subbuteo     
BA096Falco tinnunculus     
BA096Falco tinnunculus     
BA096Falco tinnunculus       
BA097Falco vespertinus    10  90   
BA125Fulica atra    20  20   
BA125Fulica atra    153  1523   
BA125Fulica atra    283  10525   
BA153Gallinago gallinago      25   
BA153Gallinago gallinago       
BA123Gallinula chloropus    76   
BA123Gallinula chloropus    19   
BA123Gallinula chloropus     
BA002Gavia arctica       
BA002Gavia arctica       
BA189Gelochelidon nilotica       
BA135Glareola pratincola       
BA130Haematopus ostralegus       
BA075Haliaeetus albicilla     
BA075Haliaeetus albicilla     
BA075Haliaeetus albicilla     
BA092Hieraaetus pennatus       
BA131Himantopus himantopus     
BA131Himantopus himantopus    22   
BA022Ixobrychus minutus    30   
BA022Ixobrychus minutus       
BA338Lanius collurio    24  30   
BA338Lanius collurio     
BA339Lanius minor     
BA459Larus cachinnans    213   
BA459Larus cachinnans    554  2665   
BA459Larus cachinnans    200  3932   
BA182Larus canus       
BA182Larus canus       
BA183Larus fuscus       
BA183Larus fuscus       
BA180Larus genei       
BA180Larus genei       
BA180Larus genei       
BA176Larus melanocephalus    150   
BA176Larus melanocephalus      151   
BA177Larus minutus      309   
BA177Larus minutus       
BA177Larus minutus       
BA179Larus ridibundus    180  4396   
BA179Larus ridibundus    21  2250   
BA150Limicola falcinellus       
BA156Limosa limosa       
BA156Limosa limosa      74   
BA156Limosa limosa       
BA246Lullula arborea          DD 
BA246Lullula arborea     
M1355Lutra lutra    11  11   
BA152Lymnocryptes minimus       
BA068Mergus albellus       
BA068Mergus albellus    11  133   
BA070Mergus merganser       
BA069Mergus serrator       
BA230Merops apiaster     
BA230Merops apiaster          DD 
M2617Myomimus roachi    localities 
BA058Netta rufina       
BA058Netta rufina       
BA160Numenius arquata       
BA160Numenius arquata       
BA160Numenius arquata       
BA158Numenius phaeopus       
BA023Nycticorax nycticorax    15  40   
BA023Nycticorax nycticorax      145   
BA071Oxyura leucocephala    14  630   
BA071Oxyura leucocephala      333   
BA094Pandion haliaetus     
BA020Pelecanus crispus    30  328   
BA020Pelecanus crispus      363   
BA019Pelecanus onocrotalus    4800   
BA019Pelecanus onocrotalus       
BA017Phalacrocorax carbo    52  2371   
BA017Phalacrocorax carbo    121  150   
BA017Phalacrocorax carbo    30  5504   
BA393Phalacrocorax pygmeus    10  6100   
BA393Phalacrocorax pygmeus    20  370   
BA393Phalacrocorax pygmeus    16   
BA170Phalaropus lobatus       
BA151Philomachus pugnax      98   
BA034Platalea leucorodia     
BA034Platalea leucorodia       
BA034Platalea leucorodia       
BA032Plegadis falcinellus      70   
BA032Plegadis falcinellus    16   
BA005Podiceps cristatus    21  1046   
BA005Podiceps cristatus    50  646   
BA005Podiceps cristatus    10  10   
BA006Podiceps grisegena       
BA008Podiceps nigricollis       
BA008Podiceps nigricollis      29   
BA120Porzana parva       
BA118Rallus aquaticus     
BA118Rallus aquaticus     
BA118Rallus aquaticus     
BA132Recurvirostra avosetta       
F5339Rhodeus amarus          DD       
BA249Riparia riparia          DD 
BA195Sterna albifrons       
BA190Sterna caspia       
BA193Sterna hirundo      201   
BA193Sterna hirundo       
BA191Sterna sandvicensis    27   
BA191Sterna sandvicensis       
BA191Sterna sandvicensis       
BA004Tachybaptus ruficollis    524   
BA004Tachybaptus ruficollis       
BA004Tachybaptus ruficollis       
BA397Tadorna ferruginea       
BA397Tadorna ferruginea      25   
BA048Tadorna tadorna      41   
BA048Tadorna tadorna     
BA048Tadorna tadorna      41   
R1219Testudo graeca        localities  DD 
R1217Testudo hermanni        localities  DD 
BA161Tringa erythropus       
BA161Tringa erythropus       
BA166Tringa glareola       
BA166Tringa glareola    13   
BA164Tringa nebularia       
BA165Tringa ochropus       
BA165Tringa ochropus       
BA163Tringa stagnatilis       
BA162Tringa totanus      121   
BA162Tringa totanus       
A1171Triturus karelinii        localities  DD 
BA142Vanellus vanellus       
BA142Vanellus vanellus      32   
BA142Vanellus vanellus     
M2635Vormela peregusna          DD 
  • 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)


Population in the site


Group CODE Scientific Name S NP Size Unit Cat. Species Annex Other categories
     MinMax C|R|V|PIVVABCD
A247Alauda arvensis    50  50             
Anguilla anguilla                   
A218Athene noctua                   
Atherina boyeri                   
Brenthis hecate                   
Bufo viridis                   
Coluber caspius                     
Cyprinus carpio                   
A382Emberiza schoeniclus               
A269Erithacus rubecula                   
A244Galerida cristata                   
Gambusia holbrooki                   
Gasterosteus aculeatus                   
Glaucopsyche alexis                   
A251Hirundo rustica                   
Hyla arborea                   
A233Jynx torquilla                   
Lacerta trilineata                   
Lacerta viridis                   
A271Luscinia megarhynchos               
Lycaena ottomana                   
Melitaea aurelia                   
Melitaea britomartis                   
Muschampia tessellum                   
Natrix tessellata                   
Neogobius fluviatilis                   
Neogobius melanostomus                   
Nymphalis xanthomelas                   
A323Panurus biarmicus               
Parnassius mnemosyne                   
A329Parus caeruleus                   
A235Picus viridis                   
Platichthys flesus                   
Podarcis taurica                     
Pseudophilotes vicrama                   
Rana dalmatina                   
A317Regulus regulus                   
A336Remiz pendulinus               
Rutilus rutilus                   
Sander lucioperca                   
A210Streptopelia turtur                   
A311Sylvia atricapilla                   
A283Turdus merula                   
A285Turdus philomelos    10  10             
A284Turdus pilaris    50  50             
Vipera ammodytes                   
Zerynthia polyxena                   
  • 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


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4.1 General site character

Habitat class % Cover

Total Habitat Cover


Other Site Characteristics

Burgas Lake is a shallow brackish coastal lake – an open firth with a weak connection to the sea, fringed with hygrophytes. It is located to the west of the city of Burgas, its entire eastern part touching on the industrial and living quarters of the city. The lake is connected to the sea by means of a canal with a sluice. The lake’s area is mainly occupied by open water up to 1.3 m deep. The water salinity is about 10.58 %o, undergoing considerable seasonal and annual fluctuations. The banks are overgrown with a reedbed belt, composed mainly of reed Phragmites australis, reed mace Typha angustifolia, Typha latifolia, etc., which in the western and north-western parts form huge massifs. Next to the lake’s north-eastern part there are several small marsh pools, while its north-eastern part is occupied by fishponds. Wet marshy meadows, halophyte grasslands dominated by Puccinellia convoluta, meso-xerothermal grasslands mainly of Poa bulbosa, Lolium perenne, etc., farmland and pastures surround the lake (Bondev 1991; Yankov 1993).

4.2 Quality and importance

Burgasko Lake is a part of Burgas lake complex, which is one of the three most significant wetland complexes for congregations of waterfowl along the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. The region of the lake supports 245 bird species, 71 of which are listed in the Red Data Book for Bulgaria (1985). Of the birds occurring there 105 species are of European conservation concern (SPEC) (BirdLife International, 2004), 9 of them being listed in category SPEC 1 as globally threatened, 26 in SPEC 2 and 69 in SPEC 3 as species threatened in Europe. The area provides suitable habitats for 89 species included in Annex 2 of the Biodiversity Act, which need special conservation measures, of which 80 are also listed in Annex I of the Birds Directive. As the lake is located on the Via Pontica migration flyway, it is one of the most important station points in the birds’ migration along the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. Especially numerous are the Pelecaniformes, Anseriformes, Charadriiformes and Ardeidae bird species. On migration the lake is an important roost for the Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus, the White Pelican P. onocrotalus and the Pygmy Cormorant Phalacrocorax pygmeus. The globally threatened Corncrake Crex crex has also been established in the region as a migrating species. Burgas Lake is of international importance for the wintering of up to 66,000 waterfowl and wetland birds, including the Pygmy Cormorant, Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo, Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus, White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons, he Pochard Aythya ferina, and Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula. The lake is the only site in Bulgaria which holds up to 7% of the Black Sea population of the White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala during the winter. The globally threatened Dalmatian Pelican and Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis have also been recorded there in winter. Burgas Lake is one of the most important breeding sites in the country for the Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus.

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]
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

4.4 Ownership (optional)

No information provided

4.5 Documentation (optional)

Initial proposal and description of the site made by Simeon Marin - Green Balkans Federation, Plovdiv 4000; R. Tzonev - Sofia University, Ch. Gussev - Institute of Botany, BAS; St. Beshkov - NMNH, Sofia; L. Profirov, Dr. P. Iankov, I. Dimchev, Dr. B. Ivanov - BSPB, Bulgaria, 1111 Sofia, P.O.Box 50, (+359 2) 9715855, fax (+359 2) 9715856,; M. Dimitrov.Data revised by a team of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences ( New data provided by project "Mapping and assessment of the conservation status of the natural habitats and species - Phase 1" (see link).Initially listed documents:BDZP/BirdLife Balgariya. 2005. “Nacionalna banka za ornitologichna informacia 1988-2005”, Balgarsko Druzhestvo za zastita na pticite;Botev, B. and Tz. Peshev, (eds). 1985. Red Data Book of Republic Bulgaria. 2: Animals. Sofia: Bulgarian Academy of Science. (In Bulgarian.);Dimitrov, M. 2000. Rezultati ot monitoringa na vodoliubivite ptici v Burgaskite ezera. – Burgaski ezera, BSHPOB, 4, 10.; Dimitrov, M., K. Niagolov, L. Profirov. 2000. Gnezdoviat uspeh na vodoliubivite ptici v Burgaskite ezera. – Burgaski ezera, BSHPOB, 5, 9.; Dimchev, I. 2003. Monitoring na pticite v Burgaskite ezera. – Burgaski ezera, BSHPOB, 9, 6.; Dimchev, I. 2004. Razselvane na cherven anguch v Burgaski region. – Burgaski ezera, BSHPOB, 10, 18.; Guidelines for evaluation of protected zones according, which include habitats for birds to art.7, par.3, under the art.6 par.1.3 and 1.4 of the Biodiversity Act. 2005. (In Bulgarian.);Iankov, P. 2002.(red.). Svetovno zastrasheni vidove ptici v Bulgaria. Nacionalni planove za dejstvie za opazvaneto im. Chast 1. BDZP-MOSV, Prirodozashtitna poredica, Kn. 4, Sofia: 204-219.; Kostadinova, I. (sust.) 1997. Ornitologichno vazhni mesta v Bulgaria. BDZP, Prirodozashtitna poredica. Kniga 1, BDZP, Sofia, 176 s.; Marinov, M. 1995. Novo gnezdovo nahodishte na sablekliun (Recurvirostra avosetta) – Neophron, 1, 18.; MOSV. 2005. Arhiv na zastitenite teritorii v Balgaria. 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5.1 Designation types at national and regional level (optional):

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5.2 Relation of the described site with other sites (optional):

Designated at national or regional level:

Type code Site name Type Cover [%]
Ezero Vaya+94.00

Designated at international level:

Type Site name Type Cover [%]
Other Ezero Vaya+94.00

5.3 Site designation (optional)

So far 12% of the territory of Burgas Lake is under protection according to the national nature conservation legislation. The “Vaya” Protected Area covers the reedbeds in the south-western part of Burgas Lake and it is designated to protect the threatened bird species. Burgas Lake was designated as Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention in 2003. In 1989 the lake was designated as Important Bird Area by BirdLife International. In 1998 the area was appointed as CORINE Site because of its European value for rare and threatened bird species.


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6.1 Body(ies) responsible for the site management:

Organisation:Regional Inspectorate of Environment and Water: Burgas

6.2 Management Plan(s):

An actual management plan does exist:

No, but in preparation

6.3 Conservation measures (optional)

No information provided



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