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Location Russia (European), Bashkortostan Republic
Central coordinates 55o 39.53' East  55o 3.10' North
IBA criteria A1, B1i, B2
Area 118,290 ha
Altitude 80 - 203m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Site description A system of numerous lakes (old meanders) along the Bel'skaya river valley, to the north-west of the town of Upha.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca breeding  2004  2-4 breeding pairs  good  A1  Vulnerable 
White-tailed Sea-eagle Haliaeetus albicilla breeding  2004  8-11 breeding pairs  good  A1  Least Concern 
Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga breeding  2004  15-18 breeding pairs  good  A1, B2  Vulnerable 
Common Crane Grus grus breeding  1998  217 breeding pairs  B1i  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Mixed woodland  50%
Grassland Humid grasslands  10%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Standing freshwater  25%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  15%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 70%
forestry -

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 I.V.Karyakin

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Bel'skaya flood-plain. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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