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Location Russia (European), Vologda region,Yaroslavl' region
Central coordinates 38o 15.50' East  58o 26.42' North
IBA criteria A1, B1i, B2
Area 615,600 ha
Altitude 90 - 160m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Site description One of the largest artificial reserviors in European Russia, located between the Yaroslavl and Vologda regions.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons passage  1996  7,500 individuals  good  B1i  Least Concern 
Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata breeding  1996  700 breeding pairs  good  B1i  Least Concern 
White-tailed Sea-eagle Haliaeetus albicilla breeding  1996  22-28 breeding pairs  medium  A1, B2  Least Concern 
Mew Gull Larus canus breeding  1996  1,750 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus breeding  1996  150 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons breeding  1996  150 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Alferovskiy Zakaznik 10,500 protected area contained by site 10,500  
Darvinsky Zapovednik 112,630 protected area contained by site 112,630  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  5%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Raised bogs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  90%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes; Other urban and industrial areas  3%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 10%
hunting 65%
nature conservation and research 35%
tourism/recreation 10%
urban/industrial/transport 5%
water management 40%

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 S.V.Golubev, A.A.Rusinov, E.V.Chernova, G.S.Fedchuk, E.B.Gruzdev

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Rybinsk reservoir. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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