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Location Russia (European), Volgograd region
Central coordinates 45o 45.00' East  50o 0.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3, A4i, B1i, B2
Area 40,000 ha
Altitude 31 - 36m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Site description Typical agricultural landscape on the south of Russia which differs indeed by the high level of habitats for birds - arable lands with belts of artificial narrow forests, bare lands, pastures, lake, semi-died limans, dry salt lands, drainage systems.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni breeding  1998  8 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus breeding  1998  17 breeding pairs  medium  A1, A3, B2  Near Threatened 
Demoiselle Crane Anthropoides virgo breeding  1998  3 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius breeding  1998  5 breeding pairs  medium  A3, A4i, B1i, B2  Critically Endangered 
Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni breeding  1998  28 breeding pairs  medium  A1, A3, B2  Near Threatened 

Local conservation groups The local conservation group below is working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
Stepnovskaya school 2007


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  78%
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  26%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 71%
fisheries/aquaculture 10%
hunting 10%

Acknowledgements The identification of IBAs and information collected between 1980 and 2009 provided by the IBA network of the Russian Bird Conservation Union (RBCU).

References Chernobai V.F.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Stepnovski saltmarshes. Downloaded from on 21/10/2014

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