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Location Russia (European), Volgograd region
Central coordinates 45o 44.67' East  49o 59.37' North
IBA criteria A1, A3, A4i, B1i, B2
Area 40,715 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 

IBA Monitoring

2007 low favourable negligible

Agriculture and aquaculture annual & perennial non-timber crops - agro-industry farming happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low

Otis tarda Great Bustard 7 7 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Tetrax tetrax Little Bustard 12 12 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Anthropoides virgo Demoiselle Crane 3 3 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Glareola nordmanni Black-winged Pratincole 30 28 breeding pairs 94 favourable

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  No management planning has taken place  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  negligible 

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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Stepnovski saltmarshes. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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