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Location Belarus, Vitebsk
Central coordinates 27o 30.00' East  55o 0.00' North
IBA criteria A1
Area 8,200 ha
Altitude
Year of IBA assessment 2005

Akhova Ptushak Belarusi



Site description The area includes Servech Lake and part of the Servech river floodplain. The lake covers 450 ha, and has an average depth of 2.8 m. The waterlogged south-western part of the lake is the origin of the Servech river. The width of the channel varies from 2-5 to 15-25 m within the zakaznik. The floodplain is 1-2.5 km wide. The area is located close to the watershed of the Nioman, Western Dvina, and Dnieper rivers. The Servech river flows into Vileika water reservoir and is one of the main elements defining the water balance of the Vileika-Minsk water system.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Aquatic Warbler Acrocephalus paludicola breeding  2002  200-250 males only  good  A1  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Servach Nature Sanctuary or Partial Reserve (Local) 1,188 protected area contains site 9,268  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Raised bogs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  77%
Forest Native coniferous woodland  20%
Artificial - terrestrial   3%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
urban/industrial/transport 3%
Notes: Peat extraction
forestry 5%
agriculture 5%
Notes: cattle pasturing, hay-making, growing of arable crops
fisheries/aquaculture 1%
nature conservation and research 86%

Other biodiversity Several rare plant species have been recorded, including Betula humilis, Salix lapponum, Carex lepidocarpa, Carex chordorrhiza, Dactylorhiza ochroleuca and other.

Protection status National Conservation Status: A national hydrological zakaznik. International Conservation Status: A potential IBA

References A.Kozulin, L.Vergeichik, M.Nikiforov and others. Treasures of Belarusian nature.- Minsk, 2002. -160 p.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Servač. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/09/2014

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