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Location Belarus, Gomel
Central coordinates 28o 0.00' East  52o 0.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, B3
Area 88,441 ha
Altitude
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Akhova Ptushak Belarusi



Site description Pripyatski National Park is located in the wide middle Pripyat floodplain in the interfluve of its two right-hand tributaries, the Stviga and the Ubort. The site is a vast low-lying flatland inclined towards the Pripyat floodplain. The Stviga and the Ubort rivers form the natural western and eastern boundaries of the Park correspondingly. The central part of the Park is crossed by another river, the Svinovod: the river is just 30 km long, but very affluent. Apart from the natural water bodies, there are also several artificial ditches and canals constructed in the late 19th century for timber shipment. The overall length of the canals is 280 km. Beavers and natural processes contribute to the dilapidation of the canals, which thus cannot have a significant influence on the hydrological regime of the Park. There are more than 40 small lakes within the Park's boundaries.

Key Biodiversity Out of 246 bird species recorded for the Park, 66 are listed in the National Red Data Book. The following globally threatened species breed: Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca, White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla (2-3 pairs), Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga (4-6 pairs), Corncrake Crex crex, and Great Snipe Gallinago media. The large amount of species of national and international importance confirms the value of the site for biodiversity conservation.

Non-bird biodiversity: The fauna of the site includes 49 mammal species, with four species listed in the National Red Data Book: Common Dormouse Muscardinus avellanarius, Badger Meles meles, Lynx Felis linx, and European Bison Bison bonasusThe flora of the Park is represented by 827 upper plant species, of which 18 are included in the National Red Data Book.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga breeding  2003  4-6 breeding pairs  good  A1  Vulnerable 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  2003  200-500 breeding pairs  poor  A1  Least Concern 
Great Snipe Gallinago media breeding  2003  100-150 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Near Threatened 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons breeding  2003  100-150 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Strix aluco resident  2003  100 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Not Recognised 
Picoides tridactylus resident  2003  40-50 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Not Recognised 
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Leiopicus medius resident  2003  50-60 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Prypyatskiy National Park 63,458 protected area contains site 82,461  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Native coniferous woodland  74%
Grassland Humid grasslands  6%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Raised bogs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  15%
Artificial - terrestrial   4%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 10%
forestry 65%
hunting 65%
nature conservation and research 35%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Prypiackija baloty. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/11/2014

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