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Location Russia (European), Volgograd region
Central coordinates 45o 2.77' East  48o 35.45' North
IBA criteria A1, A4iii, B2
Area 124,250 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Site description A very interesting area located close to the regional centre of Volgograd. The area includes the northern part of Volga-Akhtuba watershed and crosses steppe and semi-desert zones (although not including such habitats) from Volgograd to the Volga delta and Caspian Sea in the south.Typical intrazonal landscape.

Key Biodiversity Many waders, geese, ducks, raptors, Tetrax tetrax and Otis tarda can also be seen here on migration, but specific counts are needed (in order to confirm criteria and thresholds). In total 82 species breed in the IBA, most of which are included in various Red data books.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White-tailed Sea-eagle Haliaeetus albicilla resident  1998  24-30 breeding pairs  good  A1, B2  Least Concern 
Levant Sparrowhawk Accipiter brevipes breeding  1998  16 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds breeding  1998  46,500 unknown  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Leschevskiy Zakaznik 1,300 protected area contained by site 1,300  

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

Name Year formed
Caretakers of Akhtubinskoye Poozer'ye 2002


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  14%
Grassland Humid grasslands  30%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  40%
Artificial - terrestrial   16%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 13%
fisheries/aquaculture 10%
forestry 14%
hunting 50%
nature conservation and research 8%
not utilised 40%
tourism/recreation 30%
water management 100%

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 V.F.Chernobay, E.N.Sokhina

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Akhtubinsk wetland. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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