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Location Russia (European), Mordovia Republic
Central coordinates 46o 11.78' East  54o 10.32' North
IBA criteria A1
Area 64,140 ha
Altitude 91 - 219m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Site description Sura valley, with one bank covered in wet forest with fens and the other used for agriculture.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1996  150-200 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Bol'shebereznyakovskiy Zakaznik 6,300 protected area contained by site 4,000  
Dubenskiy Zakaznik 13,600 protected area overlaps with site 5,600  
Kochkurovskiy Zakaznik 1,273 protected area contained by site 1,273  

Local conservation groups The local conservation group below is working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
Biological department of Mordovia univesity 2006


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Native coniferous woodland  78%
Shrubland   5%
Grassland Humid grasslands  30%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  15%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  8%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 34%
forestry 60%
hunting 28%
nature conservation and research 25%
not utilised 10%

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.Lapshin, E.V.Lysenkov

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Flood-plain of Sura river. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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