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Location Russia (European), Volgograd region
Central coordinates 46o 22.37' East  50o 17.37' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i
Area 49,790 ha
Altitude 17 - 50m
Year of IBA assessment 2008





Site description Part of floodplain of Volgogradski reservoir. Banks are very complicate with many bays, inlets etc. Shallow water are covered reachly by frindge vegatation.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons passage  1998  100,000-300,000 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Greater Scaup Aythya marila passage  1997  3,000-5,000 individuals  medium  B1i  Least Concern 
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula passage  1997  3,000-5,000 individuals  medium  B1i  Least Concern 
Great White Egret Ardea alba passage  1999  100-200 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  1998  100,000-499,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

IBA Monitoring

2007 high near favourable negligible
Population
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Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - agro-industry grazing, ranching or farmin happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - dams (size unknown) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low

Anthropoides virgo Demoiselle Crane 10 8 breeding pairs 80 near favourable
Limosa limosa Black-tailed Godwit 10 8 breeding pairs 80 near favourable
Larus cachinnans 300 250 breeding pairs 84 near favourable

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  No management planning has taken place  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  negligible 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland   25%
Wetlands (inland)   25%
Artificial - terrestrial   50%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 70%
forestry 1%
fisheries/aquaculture 25%
hunting 100%
urban/industrial/transport 1%
not utilised 2%
other 1%

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.Chernobai, S.A.Bukreev, E.N.Sokhina

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lower Eruslan. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/12/2014

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