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Location Russia (European), Astrakhan region
Central coordinates 47o 18.72' East  45o 57.63' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B2
Area 598,145 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Site description The IBA is located on the boundary of the Astrakhan region and the Kalmyk republic, in the southeastern portion of the East European Plain. The wetland extends west of the Volga and stretches south to the Caspian Sea coast, following the natural boundary between the lake system and semi-desert areas.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greylag Goose Anser anser breeding  1990  1,000 breeding pairs  medium  B1i  Least Concern 
Mute Swan Cygnus olor breeding  1990  1,200 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus breeding  1999  30-200 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i, B2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Il'menno-bugrovoi Zakaznik 6,700 protected area contained by site 6,700  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water; Standing freshwater  13%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  20%
Desert Semidesert  57%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 85%
fisheries/aquaculture 18%
hunting 90%
tourism/recreation 3%

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 G.M.Rusanov, V.G.Krivenko

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Western Ilmen area. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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