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Location Russia (European), Rostov region
Central coordinates 38o 33.37' East  47o 7.37' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i
Area 765 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Site description Narrow sand-spit on the north coast of Sea of Azov, to the south-west from Taganrog.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni passage  1997  40-60 individuals  medium  A1  Least Concern 
Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni passage  1997  50-80 individuals  medium  A1  Near Threatened 
Larus cachinnans passage  1997  20,000-40,000 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Not Recognised 
Pallas's Gull Larus ichthyaetus passage  1997  5,000-7,000 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus passage  1997  40,000-60,000 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Slender-billed Gull Larus genei passage  1997  800-1,200 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus passage  1997  1,200-1,600 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo passage  1997  15,000-20,000 individuals  poor  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons passage  1997  600-1,200 individuals  poor  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  1997  50,000-99,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Beglitskaya Kosa Natural Monument 1,014 protected area contained by site 1,014  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands  14%
Sea Open Sea; Sea inlets and coastal features  71%
Coastline Mud flats & sand flats; Sand dunes & beaches  15%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 72%
not utilised 99%

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 V.A.Minoranskiy

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Beglitskaya sand-spit. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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