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Location Russia (European), Karachaevo-Cherkesskaya Republic,Krasnodarski kray
Central coordinates 41o 16.98' East  44o 2.08' North
IBA criteria A1, B2
Area 4,400 ha
Altitude 500 - 1,000m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Site description Narrow gorge located on the border of Krasnodarski region and Karachaevo-Cherkesskaya Republic.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus resident  1996  22-55 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus breeding  1996  3 breeding pairs  good  A1  Endangered 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Belaya skala Zakaznik 400 protected area contained by site 400  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Wooded steppe  50%
Shrubland Scrub  5%
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  15%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  5%
Rocky areas Scree & boulders  15%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes; Other urban and industrial areas  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 25%
fisheries/aquaculture 5%
nature conservation and research 35%
not utilised 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 P.A.Tilba

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Valley of Urup river. Downloaded from on 20/10/2016

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