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Location Russia (European), Saratov region,Ul'yanovsk region
Central coordinates 47o 37.20' East  52o 41.43' North
IBA criteria A1, B2
Area 113,285 ha
Altitude 60 - 318m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca breeding  1998-1999  5-8 breeding pairs  medium  A1, B2  Vulnerable 
Eurasian Scops-owl Otus scops breeding  1999  50-1,000 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Starokulatkiskiy Zakaznik 20,000 protected area contained by site 20,000  

Local conservation groups The local conservation group below is working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
Caretakers of Lesostep' Gul'chachak 2002


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland   68%
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  32%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 68%
forestry 32%
tourism/recreation minor
nature conservation and research 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).

References Borodin O.V., Smirnova S.L., Barabashin T.O.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Forest-steppe Gyul'chachak (Peony forest-steppe). Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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