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Location Russia (European), Krasnodarski kray
Central coordinates 40o 59.70' East  44o 5.73' North
IBA criteria A1, B2
Area 1,000 ha
Altitude 500 - 1,000m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Site description Narrow gorge with pastures in the mountainous part of Krasnodarski region.

Key Biodiversity This area is specially important because the colonie of Gyps fulvus is a lone of the largest among Caucasus

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus resident  1998  20-40  good  B2  Least Concern 
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus breeding  2003-2006  2-3 breeding pairs  good  A1  Endangered 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  2003-2006  10-30 breeding pairs  poor  A1  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2006 high near favourable negligible
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Biological resource use logging & wood harvesting - unintentional effects: large scale happening now some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Human intrusions and disturbance war, civil unrest and military exercises happening now some of area/population (10-49%) very rapid to severe deterioration high

Falco peregrinus 1 1 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Gypaetus barbatus Bearded Vulture 1 1 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Gyps fulvus Griffon Vulture 20 15 breeding pairs 75 near favourable
Neophron percnopterus Egyptian Vulture 3 2 breeding pairs 67 not assessed

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  No management planning has taken place  Very little or no conservation action taking place  negligible 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Wooded steppe  50%
Shrubland Scrub  8%
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  30%
Rocky areas Scree & boulders  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 20%
forestry 80%

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 P.A.Tilba

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Akhmet-Skala ridge. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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