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Location Russia (European), Lipetsk region,Tambov region
Central coordinates 40o 5.40' East  52o 58.43' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, B3
Area 97,040 ha
Altitude 105 - 163m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Site description One of the largest forest areas in the forest-steppe zone of European Russia.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus breeding  1997  5-8 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 
Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga breeding  2004  1-3 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Vulnerable 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1997  50-300 breeding pairs  poor  A1  Least Concern 
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Leiopicus medius resident  2004  10-50 individuals  poor  B3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Dobrovski Zakaznik 26,970 protected area contained by site 26,970  
Ozero Andreevskoe Nature Monument 24 protected area contained by site 24  
Ozero Krivetskaya Staritsa Nature Monument 2 protected area contained by site 2  
Ozero Zalanskaya Luka Nature Monument 12 protected area contained by site 12  

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

Name Year formed
Caretakers of Verkhnevoronezhski lesnoy massiv 2002


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Native coniferous woodland  80%
Grassland Humid grasslands  10%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs  5%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas  20%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 15%
fisheries/aquaculture 5%
forestry 80%
hunting 80%
military 15%
nature conservation and research 15%
tourism/recreation 20%
urban/industrial/transport 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).

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References V.S.Sarychev

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Upper Voronezh forest. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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