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Location Ukraine, Volin
Central coordinates 23o 49.00' East  51o 33.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3
Area 32,850 ha
Altitude 162 - 189m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ukranian Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description A lake-system with meadows, bordered by mixed forest dominated by pine Pinus.

Key Biodiversity Large numbers of waterbirds stage here during migration (20,000-50,000).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bean Goose Anser fabalis passage  1989  2,000-3,000 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Greylag Goose Anser anser non-breeding  1993  350 individuals  medium  B1i  Least Concern 
Common Pochard Aythya ferina passage  1989  5,000-10,000 individuals  B1i  Vulnerable 
Common Pochard Aythya ferina breeding  1994  300 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Vulnerable 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca breeding  1994  20 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Near Threatened 
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris breeding  1994  80 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1996  4-5 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 
Lesser Spotted Eagle Clanga pomarina breeding  1996  3-4 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1996  15-20 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Least Concern 
Little Crake Zapornia parva breeding  1989  50-70 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus passage  1989  2,000-3,000 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo resident  1989  2-3 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus breeding  1989  2-4 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Aquatic Warbler Acrocephalus paludicola breeding  1994  40-60 breeding pairs  medium  A1, B2  Vulnerable 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Shatsk Lakes Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 32,850 protected area contained by site 32,850  
Shatskiy National Park 32,515 protected area contained by site 32,515  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  40%
Grassland Humid grasslands  5%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Sand dunes and beaches; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  32%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas  23%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 15%
fisheries/aquaculture -
nature conservation and research 30%
tourism/recreation 10%
forestry 40%
urban/industrial/transport 8%

Protection status National High International High32,515 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Shatsk, 32,515 ha). 32,850 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Shatsk Lakes, 32,850 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Shats'ki lakes. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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