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Location Russia (European), Murmansk region
Central coordinates 32o 0.00' East  67o 55.00' North
IBA criteria A3, A4i, B1i, B2, B3
Area 278,436 ha
Altitude 102 - 1,114m
Year of IBA assessment 2000





Site description An area of forest-tundra and tundra near the town of Nikel.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater Scaup Aythya marila breeding  1995  20 breeding pairs  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Melanitta nigra breeding  1995  50-80 breeding pairs  poor  A3  Not Recognised 
Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis breeding  1995  100 breeding pairs  poor  A3  Vulnerable 
Smew Mergellus albellus breeding  1995  10-20 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Gyrfalcon Falco rusticolus resident  1995  2-5 breeding pairs  medium  A3, B2  Least Concern 
Rough-legged Buzzard Buteo lagopus breeding  1995  10-200 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria breeding  1995  500-980 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 
Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus breeding  1995  10 breeding pairs  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus breeding  1995  200 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia breeding  1995  900 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola breeding  1995  4,000 breeding pairs  medium  A4i, B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Little Stint Calidris minuta unknown  1995  2-7 individuals  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii breeding  1995  10 breeding pairs  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Broad-billed Sandpiper Calidris falcinellus breeding  1995  5 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus breeding  1995  200 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Great Grey Owl Strix nebulosa resident  1995  20 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Northern Hawk-owl Surnia ulula resident  1994  10-800 breeding pairs  good  A3  Least Concern 
Picoides tridactylus resident  1995  2,500-3,500 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Not Recognised 
Siberian Jay Perisoreus infaustus resident  1995  880-2,000 breeding pairs  medium  A3, B2  Least Concern 
Bohemian Waxwing Bombycilla garrulus breeding  1995  100-5,000 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Siberian Tit Parus cinctus resident  1995  4,400-10,300 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis breeding  1995  1-6,000 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Song Thrush Turdus philomelos breeding  1995  1,500-1,700 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 
Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus breeding  1995  3,900-7,500 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata breeding  1995  12,100 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis breeding  1995  8,500-15,000 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 
Brambling Fringilla montifringilla breeding  1995  24,000-40,000 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Pine Grosbeak Pinicola enucleator breeding  1995  900-5,000 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Parrot Crossbill Loxia pytyopsittacus breeding  1995  1,030-4,300 breeding pairs  medium  A3, B3  Least Concern 
White-winged Crossbill Loxia leucoptera breeding  1995  2,000-31,000 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Rustic Bunting Emberiza rustica breeding  1995  2,900-5,500 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Lapland Longspur Calcarius lapponicus breeding  1995  100 breeding pairs  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis breeding  1995  130-700 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Laplandskiy Zapovednik UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 278,400 protected area contained by site 278,400  
Laplandsky Zapovednik 278,436 is identical to site 278,436  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland; Wooded tundra  63%
Grassland Tundra  19%
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  12%
Rocky areas Scree & boulders  6%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 100%

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 A.S.Gylyazov

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lapland Biosphere Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/08/2014

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