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Location Russia (European), Moscow region,Ryazan' region,Vladimir region
Central coordinates 40o 9.32' East  55o 15.03' North
IBA criteria A1
Area 66,350 ha
Altitude 105 - 130m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Site description The IBA is located at the boundary of three regions in central Russia: Moscow, Vladimir and Ryazan'.

Key Biodiversity Data is still incomplete.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1996  100-150 breeding pairs  poor  A1  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Cherustinskiy les Zakaznik 21,700 protected area overlaps with site 1,000  
Meschora National Park 118,800 protected area overlaps with site 11,000  
Meschorsky National Park 103,000 protected area overlaps with site 5,000  
Ozera Imles i Dubovoe s zabolochennymi beregami Zakaznik 2,100 protected area contained by site 2,100  

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

Name Year formed
Caretaker of Tsentral'no-Meshcherskaya ozernaya sistema 2005


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  25%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  64%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  8%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 11%
fisheries/aquaculture 40%
forestry 25%
hunting 100%
not utilised 30%
tourism/recreation 50%

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 G.S.Eremkin, T.V.Sviridova

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Central Meschera lake system. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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