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Location Russia (European), Vologda region
Central coordinates 38o 31.40' East  59o 38.58' North
IBA criteria A1, B2
Area 79,545 ha
Altitude 110 - 130m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Site description Artificial, reseeded meadows which flood in spring, on the Sizemski floodplain.

Key Biodiversity There is an increasing of number of rare species of birds like Osprey, White-tailed eagle as a result of low level of development of area.Info collected from local people: not less than 20.000 geese are stopping here during migration. But more researches are needed.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White-tailed Sea-eagle Haliaeetus albicilla breeding  1999  11-12 breeding pairs  good  A1, B2  Least Concern 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1986  30 breeding pairs  A1  Least Concern 
Great Snipe Gallinago media breeding  1998  20 breeding pairs  poor  A1  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Kirillovskiy Zakaznik 45,600 protected area contained by site 45,600  
Russkiy Sever National Park 166,400 protected area overlaps with site 16,000  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  40%
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  52%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 10%
fisheries/aquaculture 35%
forestry 35%
hunting 60%
nature conservation and research 30%
tourism/recreation 90%
water management 35%

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.V.Kuznetsov, V.T.Butiev

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Siz'menski flood-plain of Sheksna reservoir. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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