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Location Russia (European), Arkhangelsk region
Central coordinates 38o 47.93' East  61o 12.95' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2
Area 57,035 ha
Altitude 118 - 120m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Site description Huge lake on the south of Arkhangelsk region, surrounded by very wet forest and bogs.

Key Biodiversity Up to 40000 ducks are gatherd on the lake after breeding season

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bean Goose Anser fabalis passage  1996  1 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons passage  1996  1 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus passage  1997  300-2,000 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata non-breeding  1997  600-1,000 individuals  medium  B1i  Least Concern 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1997  10-30 breeding pairs  poor  A1  Least Concern 
Mew Gull Larus canus breeding  1997  1,500 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 
Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus breeding  1997  500-800 breeding pairs  medium  A4i, B1i, B2  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  1997  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Lachskiy Zakaznik 8,800 protected area contained by site 8,800  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  10%
Shrubland Scrub  10%
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  65%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Urban parks and gardens  15%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 10%
fisheries/aquaculture 60%
forestry 10%
nature conservation and research 37%
tourism/recreation 20%
urban/industrial/transport 5%

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 T.Yu.Khohlova, E.A.Kuznetsov, N.V.Anzigitova, Artemiev A.V., YAkovleva M.V.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Lake Lacha. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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