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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.

Key Biodiversity The mix of inaccessible forests, river floodplains, open fens and highly-productive lakes defines large population sizes of several rare bird species. The unique nature of the site is underscored by presence of the last Polesian populations of Great Grey Owl Strix nebulosa (6-10 pairs), as well as the West-European subspecies of Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus mayor (15-25 males). Regular breeding of several pairs of White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla has been recorded.

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  Vulnerable 
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 

IBA Monitoring

2013 very high not assessed low

Biological resource use logging & wood harvesting - unintentional effects: large scale happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Energy production and mining mining and quarrying happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Invasive & other problematic species, genes & diseases problematic native species/diseases - unspecified species happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - abstraction of ground water (agricultural use) happening now whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration very high
Natural system modifications fire & fire suppression - increase in fire frequency/intensity happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species)  No management planning has taken place  Very little or no conservation action taking place  low 

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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Vyhanaščanskija baloty. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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