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Location Russia (European), Tambov region
Central coordinates 41o 20.13' East  52o 8.62' North
IBA criteria B2
Area 49,660 ha
Altitude 160 - 186m
Year of IBA assessment 2007





Site description Very mosaic landscape with a lot of ecotons on the boundaries of habitat: agricultural lands crossed by a huge number of rivers, streams and small shallow standing water-lakes, with a number of small artificial forests.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus breeding  1997  5-7 breeding pairs  good  B2  Near Threatened 
Aquatic Warbler Acrocephalus paludicola breeding  1997  3-5 breeding pairs  good  B2  Vulnerable 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Wooded steppe  20%
Grassland Humid grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  10%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  20%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  60%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 80%
forestry 10%
urban/industrial/transport 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 M.M.Zabelin

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Watershed of Bityug and Tsna rivers. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/11/2014

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