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Location China (mainland), Ningxia
Central coordinates 106o 0.00' East  38o 35.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 157,000 ha
Altitude 1,400 - 3,556m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description Located in north-western Ningxia. The IBA has a temperate arid to semi-arid climate, and the main habitats are grassland and coniferous forest.

Key Biodiversity 

Non-bird biodiversity: No information.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great Bustard Otis tarda passage  2008  present  A1  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Helanshan (Ningxia) Nature Reserve 157,800 is identical to site 157,000  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland   -
Forest   -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Helan Shan Nature Reserve (Ningxia). Downloaded from on 29/10/2016

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