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Location Russia (Central Asian), Chelyabinsk region
Central coordinates 59o 38.00' East  52o 39.00' North
IBA criteria A1
Area 4,000 ha
Altitude 314 - 398m
Year of IBA assessment 2005

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca breeding  1998  2 breeding pairs  good  A1, A3  Vulnerable 
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus breeding  1996-1997  10-12 breeding pairs  medium  A1, A3  Near Threatened 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax breeding  1998  5 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Arkaim Zapovednik 3,700 protected area contained by site 3,700  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Treeline ecotone  1%
Shrubland   3%
Grassland Humid grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  40%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams  1%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  51%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 8%
tourism/recreation 20%
nature conservation and research 92%
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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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Arkaim. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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