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Location Russia (European), Leningrad region
Central coordinates 30o 14.63' East  59o 1.30' North
IBA criteria B1i
Area 76,365 ha
Altitude 67 - 81m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Site description A freshwater lake and low-lying marshes.

Key Biodiversity There is a high number of breeding gulls and waterfowls, but exact number of them is unknown by th 1999. One of the highest number of breeding Grus grus in the Leningrad region.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus passage  1999  100-1,000 individuals  poor  B1i  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Mshinskaye wetland system Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 75,100 protected area overlaps with site 75,100  
Mshinskoe boloto Zakaznik 60,400 protected area overlaps with site 14,700  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  39%
Forest Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  61%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 7%
forestry 20%
hunting 20%
not utilised 80%
other 25%

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 Noskov G.A., Volkov L.I., Kondratiev A.V.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Lake Vyal'ye and adjoining marshes. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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