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Location Russia (European), Mordovia Republic
Central coordinates 42o 36.08' East  54o 3.15' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2
Area 65,640 ha
Altitude 95 - 161m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Site description The Vad river floodplain with forest in the south and meadows in the north.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1998  100-150 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Least Concern 
Great Snipe Gallinago media breeding  1998  300-400 individuals  medium  A1, A4i, B1i, B2  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Zubovopolyanskiy Zakaznik 11,824 protected area contained by site 11,824  

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

Name Year formed
Caretaker of Poima reki Vad 2005


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  83%
Grassland Humid grasslands  10%
Wetlands (inland)   4%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes; Other urban and industrial areas  2%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 7%
forestry 90%
hunting 80%
nature conservation and research 17%
not utilised 15%
urban/industrial/transport 3%

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 A.S.Lapshin, E.V.Lysenkov

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Flood-plain of Vad river. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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