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Location Russia (European), Murmansk region
Central coordinates 37o 46.40' East  66o 22.17' North
IBA criteria B1i
Area 411,590 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Site description Extremely marshy northern taiga with a large number of lakes.

Key Biodiversity Based on data in the previous European IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989), this is an important breeding and post-breeding site for Cygnus cygnus. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (1_pair). Other breeding species include Anser fabalis and Pandion haliaetus (1_pair).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus breeding  1989  present  B1i  Least Concern 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus non-breeding  1989  500 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -

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 Skokova, N.N., Vynogradov V.G., eds. (1986) !!Conservation of waterbird sites!!, Moscow, p.187 (In Russian)

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Watershed of the Rivers Strelna and Varzuga. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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