|Location||Russia (European), Volgograd region|
|Central coordinates||45o 2.77' East 48o 35.45' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4iii, B2|
|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.
|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 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.
|Caretakers of Akhtubinskoye Poozer'ye||2002|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Forest||Alluvial and very wet forest||14%|
|Wetlands (inland)||Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater||40%|
|Artificial - terrestrial||16%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||8%|
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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