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Location Russia (European), Arkhangelsk region
Central coordinates 44o 17.48' East  67o 59.63' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3
Area 21,060 ha
Altitude 0 - 2m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Site description The area is located about 420 km southeast of Arkhangelsk, on the eastern coast of the Kanin Peninsula, and covers the watersheds of the Torna and Shoina rivers, with the Shoina river forming the southern boundary of the site.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for migrating waders in spring and autumn. Autumn migration is poorly studied. Many flocks congregate in different parts of the site and total 1000 moulting birds (Bucephala clangula, Aythya marila, Melanita nigra, Melanita fusca).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus passage  1995  1,500 individuals  poor  A1, A4i, B1i  Vulnerable 
Northern Pintail Anas acuta breeding  1995  1-3,000 breeding pairs  medium  B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis passage  1995  1 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis breeding  1994  1-2,000 breeding pairs  medium  A4i, B1i, B3  Least Concern 
Brent Goose Branta bernicla passage  1995  1 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Greater Scaup Aythya marila breeding  1995  1-3,000 breeding pairs  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Gyrfalcon Falco rusticolus breeding  1995  1 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Little Stint Calidris minuta passage  1995  1-10,000 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea passage  1995  1-10,000 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Near Threatened 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  1995  50,000-99,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Shoinskiy Zakaznik 16,400 protected area overlaps with site 12,547  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Tundra  -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater  -
Coastline Mud flats & sand flats; Sand dunes & beaches; Tidal rivers & enclosed tidal waters  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
hunting -

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. Ministry of protection of the environment and Natural Resourses of the Russian Federation. Centre for International Projects (unpublished).G.V.Vinogradov, V.O.Avdanin, V.G.Krivenko - compilers

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Torna-Shoina watershed. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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