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Location Russia (European), Tver region
Central coordinates 36o 26.55' East  57o 53.72' North
IBA criteria A1, B1i, B2
Area 28,035 ha
Altitude 100 - 150m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Site description Wet forest and fens around Verestovo lake, which is sourced by the Mologa river.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons passage  1990  6,000-8,000 individuals  medium  B1i  Least Concern 
Greylag Goose Anser anser passage  1990  1,000 individuals  medium  B1i  Least Concern 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1990  50-100 breeding pairs  poor  A1  Least Concern 
Great Snipe Gallinago media breeding  1990  20-50 breeding pairs  poor  A1  Near Threatened 
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa breeding  1990  100 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Near Threatened 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons breeding  1990  100-200 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 
Black Tern Chlidonias niger breeding  1996  150-200 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Ozero Verestovo Nature Monument 1,200 protected area contained by site 1,200  
Ozero Verestovo Zakaznik 2,280 protected area contained by site 2,280  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland   25%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  50%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  25%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 50%
hunting 100%
not utilised 50%
tourism/recreation 50%
urban/industrial/transport 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 V.I.Nikolaev, G.S.Eremkin

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Upper Mologa river (lake Verestovo). Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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