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Location Russia (European), Saratov region
Central coordinates 48o 55.75' East  50o 58.45' North
IBA criteria A1
Area 20,540 ha
Altitude 50 - 79m
Year of IBA assessment 2000





Site description Meadow and steppe grasslands in the floodplain of Safarovka river used as agricultural lands, mostly pastures.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great Bustard Otis tarda breeding  1997  50-70 breeding pairs  A1  Vulnerable 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax breeding  1997  40-60 breeding pairs  A1  Near Threatened 
Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni breeding  1997  30-40 breeding pairs  A1  Near Threatened 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  2%
Grassland Humid grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  50%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  7%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  40%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 93%
not utilised 7%
tourism/recreation 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 V.V.Morozov

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Valley of Safarovka river. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 17/12/2014

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