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Location Russia (European), Leningrad region
Central coordinates 29o 23.80' East  59o 58.73' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i
Area 7,470 ha
Altitude 0 - 3m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Site description Shallow waters along the southern shore of Finsky Bay on the Baltic sea.

Key Biodiversity This is one of the most important places on Belomoro-Baltiysky flyway with up to 25,000 swans, 100,000 ducks (A.plathyrhynchos, A.penelope, A.acuta, A.crecca, A.querquedula, A.clypeata, A.fuligula, B.clangula, M.serrator, M.merganser) and 200,000 gulls (L.argentatus, L.canus, L.ridibundus) stopping over mainly on spring migration.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus passage  1996  5,000 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus passage  1996  1-4,000 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  1996  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Southern coast of the Gulf of Finland, Baltic Sea Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 6,400 protected area contained by site 6,400  
Swans area (southern shore of Finski Bay) Baltic Sea Protected Area (Helcom) 7,719 protected area overlaps with site 5,983  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   5%
Sea Open Sea; Sea inlets and coastal features  95%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 80%
other 20%

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 N.P.Iovchenko, G.A.Noskov

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Swans area (southern shore of Finski Bay). Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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