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Location Belarus, Brest
Central coordinates 26o 0.00' East  52o 40.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, B3
Area 61,596 ha
Altitude 150 - 161m
Year of IBA assessment 2005

Akhova Ptushak Belarusi

Site description This is one of Belarus' largest complexes of small-leafed forest swamps, fens, bogs, river floodplains and shallow lakes.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Gadwall Mareca strepera breeding  1989  10-15 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Garganey Spatula querquedula breeding  2004  250-350 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Common Pochard Aythya ferina breeding  1989  200-250 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris breeding  1989  40-50 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
White-tailed Sea-eagle Haliaeetus albicilla breeding  1989  2-3 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga breeding  1999  3 breeding pairs  good  A1  Vulnerable 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1996  50 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus breeding  1989  20-25 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Great Snipe Gallinago media breeding  1995  20 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Near Threatened 
Strix aluco resident  2004  90 breeding pairs  poor  B3  Not Recognised 
Aquatic Warbler Acrocephalus paludicola breeding  1996  30-100 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Vygonoshchanskoe Nature Sanctuary or Partial Reserve 43,000 protected area contained by site 43,000  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  35%
Grassland Humid grasslands  10%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Raised bogs; Standing freshwater  55%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 5%
forestry 30%
hunting 20%
nature conservation and research 45%

Protection status National Conservation Status: A national hydrological zakaznik was established in 1968.International Conservation Status: An IBA was established in 1998 (criteria À1, Â2, B3).Potential Ramsar site (criteria 1, 2).

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: Vyhanaščanskija baloty. Downloaded from on 23/10/2014

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