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Location Russia (European), Bryansk region
Central coordinates 34o 7.82' East  52o 30.20' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, B3
Area 253,170 ha
Altitude 130 - 210m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Site description Area located in the south of the Bryansk region.

Key Biodiversity This place is one of only three in Europe, where as many as 9 species of woodpeckers breed together.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  2005  10-20 breeding pairs  unknown  B2  Least Concern 
Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga breeding  2005  5-10 breeding pairs  unknown  A1, B2  Vulnerable 
Circaetus gallicus breeding  1995  4-8 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Not Recognised 
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Leiopicus medius resident  2005  250-500 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Boloto Ryzhukha Zakaznik 1,000 protected area contained by site 1,000  
Bryanskiy les (Buffer Zone) Buffer Zone - Zapovednik 12,186 protected area contained by site 9,159  
Bryansky Les Zapovednik 12,186 protected area contained by site 12,186  
Desnyansko-Zherinskiy Zakaznik 10 protected area contained by site 10  
Goremlya Zakaznik 588 protected area contained by site 574  
Knyazhna Zakaznik 810 protected area contained by site 810  
Kolodez' Zakaznik 2,112 protected area contained by site 2,112  
Nerusso-Sevnyi Zakaznik 972 protected area contained by site 972  
Skripkinskiy Zakaznik 5,445 protected area contained by site 5,445  
Terebushka Nature Monument 184 protected area contained by site 184  
Trubchevskiy Partizanskiy Les Zakaznik 13 protected area contained by site 13  

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

Name Year formed
Caretakers of Nerusso-Desnyanskoe Poles'ye 2005


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  56%
Grassland Humid grasslands  7%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Raised bogs  12%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas  7%
Unknown   18%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 7%
forestry 50%
hunting 83%
nature conservation and research 19%
tourism/recreation 68%

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 S.M.Kosenko, B.Yu.Losov, I.P.Shpilenok, Yu.P.Fedotov, V.G.Chupachenko

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Nerussa - Desna woodland. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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