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Location Russia (European), Leningrad region
Central coordinates 29o 24.22' East  60o 38.15' North
IBA criteria A1, A4iii, B1i
Area 9,700 ha
Altitude 34 - 43m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Site description A lake system, partly formed from disused peat extraction pits.

Key Biodiversity In total up to 6000 geese, 50000 ducks (Anas sp), 150000 diving ducks stopover during autumn and spring migration.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1996  20 breeding pairs  A1  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus breeding  1996  100 breeding pairs  B1i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Rakovye ozera Zakaznik 6,142 protected area overlaps with site 5,245  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Native coniferous woodland  10%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Standing freshwater  90%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 10%
fisheries/aquaculture 50%
tourism/recreation 70%
urban/industrial/transport 5%

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.A.Noskov, S.V.Mikhailov

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Rakovye lakes. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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