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Location Russia (European), Karachaevo-Cherkesskaya Republic,Krasnodarski kray
Central coordinates 41o 29.25' East  43o 58.88' North
IBA criteria B2
Area 48,400 ha
Altitude 1,100 - 1,751m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Site description Mainly mountain grasslands with pathes of forested areas, a lot of rocky pathes.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus breeding  1998  5-10 breeding pairs  good  B2  Endangered 

IBA Monitoring

2007 low favourable negligible

Agriculture and aquaculture livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) very rapid to severe deterioration low
Biological resource use logging & wood harvesting - unintentional effects: large scale happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low

Neophron percnopterus Egyptian Vulture 5 5 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Clanga pomarina Lesser Spotted Eagle 4 4 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Gyps fulvus Griffon Vulture 6 1 breeding pairs 17 not assessed

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  No management planning has taken place  Very little or no conservation action taking place  negligible 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  10%
Grassland Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands  80%
Coastline   10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 65%
not utilised 40%

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 O.A.Vitivich, V.M.Polivanov

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Skalisti ridge between Urup and Maly Zelenchuk rivers. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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