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Location Russia (European), Mordovia Republic
Central coordinates 46o 4.43' East  54o 51.18' North
IBA criteria A1, B2
Area 41,700 ha
Altitude 82 - 186m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Site description An extensive area of flood-plain of the Alatyr river, with large areas of wet grassland which flood in spring. Higher, unflooded areas are forested.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni breeding  1996  5-10 breeding pairs  medium  A1, B2  Least Concern 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca breeding  1996  3-4 breeding pairs  good  A1, B2  Vulnerable 
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus breeding  1996  3-5 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Near Threatened 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1996  20-40 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Least Concern 
Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana breeding  1996  150-200 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Ardatovskiy Zakaznik 5,016 protected area overlaps with site 500  

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

Name Year formed
Caretaker of Poima reki Alatyr' 2005


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  20%
Shrubland Scrub  5%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  10%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes; Other urban and industrial areas  30%
Grassland Humid grasslands  37%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 28%
forestry 25%
hunting 50%
nature conservation and research 50%
urban/industrial/transport 5%

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 A.S.Lapshin, E.V.Lysenkov

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Flood-plain of Alatyr' river in vicinity of Ardatov. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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