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Location Russia (European), Rostov region
Central coordinates 41o 18.48' East  46o 57.12' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2
Area 185,800 ha
Altitude 4 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Site description Group of salt-lakes partly covered by fringe vegetation.

Key Biodiversity Up to 240000 waterfowls are stopping here on spring migration, up to 1500000-3000000 - on fall migration, up to 50000 are wintering here. Up to 30000 breeding pairs of 50 bird species occur here in the summer.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greylag Goose Anser anser passage  1995  1,000-100,000 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Greylag Goose Anser anser non-breeding  1995  7,000-10,000 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Greylag Goose Anser anser breeding  1995  800-900 breeding pairs  B1i  Least Concern 
Greylag Goose Anser anser winter  1990  9,000 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis passage  1990  100-25,000 individuals  good  A1, A4i, B1i  Vulnerable 
Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis winter  1990  400-600 individuals  A1  Vulnerable 
Mute Swan Cygnus olor passage  1990  1,500 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus passage  1990  2,000-3,000 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos winter  1990  30,000 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus breeding  1990  300 breeding pairs  A4i, B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia breeding  1990  200 breeding pairs  A4i, B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax breeding  1990  250-300 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Great White Egret Ardea alba breeding  1990  400-500 breeding pairs  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Egretta garzetta breeding  1990  500-600 breeding pairs  A4i, B1i  Not Recognised 
White-tailed Sea-eagle Haliaeetus albicilla winter  1990  30-40 individuals  A1  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1990  20,000-49,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

IBA Monitoring

2006 medium not assessed low

Agriculture and aquaculture annual & perennial non-timber crops - agro-industry farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Wetlands (inland)   0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  No management planning has taken place  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Rostovskoe GOOH (Manych'skiy uchastok) Managed Resource Protected Area 114,012 protected area overlaps with site 20,500  
Veselovskoye Reservoir Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 309,000 protected area contains site 230,000  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
hunting 100%
water management -

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 B.A.Kazakov, M.I.Tarantsev

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Veselovskoye reservoir. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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