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Location Russia (European), Pskov region
Central coordinates 27o 48.12' East  58o 22.72' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii, A4iv, B1i, B1iv, B2
Area 371,500 ha
Altitude 30 - 70m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Site description Huge lake of international importance located on the Russian--Estonian border, in a highly developed area.

Key Biodiversity Wetland of International Importance. Not less than 200000-300000 individuals of waterfowl stopover during spring migration. Important place for moulting waterfowl, notably Anas platyrhynchos, Aythya ferina, Aythya fuligula and Bucephala clangula. The narrow land-corridor between Chudskoe and Pskovskoe lakes acts as a major bottleneck for migrating birds: as many as 4 million (mainly passerines but also some raptors) have been estimated to pass in a single 5-hour period in early September.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula non-breeding  max 5,600 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  5-8 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga breeding  3-4 breeding pairs  A1  Vulnerable 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  100 breeding pairs  A1  Least Concern 
Common Coot Fulica atra non-breeding  max 34,500 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  200,000-300,000 individuals  A4iii   
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes passage  20,000 individuals  poor  A4iv, B1iv   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
_N/A No 902 (Pskovskaya obl.) Other Area 421 protected area contained by site 421  
Bel'skoe Nature Monument 664 protected area contained by site 540  
Dubborskoe Nature Monument 7,545 protected area contained by site 6,346  
Ozero Dolgoe Nature Monument 84 protected area contained by site 84  
Ozero Goristoe Nature Monument 24 protected area contained by site 24  
Ozero Uzhinskoe Nature Monument 470 protected area overlaps with site 141  
Ozero Velino Nature Monument 170 protected area contained by site 170  
Pechorskiy Zakaznik 52,000 protected area overlaps with site 13,952  
Pskovskiy-Prigorodnyi Zakaznik 41,000 protected area overlaps with site 2,568  
Pskovsko-Chudskaya Lowland Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 93,600 protected area contained by site 93,600  
Remdovskiy Zakaznik 64,900 protected area overlaps with site 64,900  
Sotel'nyi mokh Nature Monument 590 protected area contained by site 474  
Turinskoe Nature Monument 1,227 protected area contained by site 1,079  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland)   80%
Grassland   5%
Forest   10%
Artificial - terrestrial   5%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
nature conservation and research 25%
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -

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 Krivenko, V.G. (1995) Inventory of Wetlands of International Importance in the Russian Federation. Final Report 1994-1995. Ministry of Protection of the Environment and Natural Resources of the Russian Federation. Centre for International Projects (unpublished)V.O.Avdanin-compiler

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Chudsko-Pskovski Lake and the adjacent areas. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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