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Location Russia (European), Novgorod region,Pskov region
Central coordinates 30o 42.15' East  57o 16.12' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2, B3
Area 169,210 ha
Altitude 86 - 190m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Site description One of the largest mire systems in Europe, located on the border of the Pskov and Novgorod regions.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos resident  1992  2-4 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1992  80-100 breeding pairs  A1  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus breeding  1992  100-150 breeding pairs  B1i  Least Concern 
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria breeding  1992  200-250 breeding pairs  B3  Least Concern 
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus breeding  1992  100-150 breeding pairs  B3  Least Concern 
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata breeding  1992  1,400-2,500 breeding pairs  A4i, B1i  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Polistovsky Zapovednik 36,036 protected area contained by site 36,036  
Rdeisky Zapovednik 36,922 protected area contained by site 36,922  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   10%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Raised bogs; Standing freshwater  80%
Artificial - terrestrial   10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 6%
forestry 30%
hunting 10%
other 20%

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.L.Mischenko

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Polisto-Lovatskaya mire system. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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