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Location Belarus, Gomel
Central coordinates 31o 8.00' East  52o 40.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2
Area 22,865 ha
Altitude 130 - 132m
Year of IBA assessment 2005

Akhova Ptushak Belarusi

Site description The IBA covers the most significant part for biodviersity conservation of the Sozh floodplain from the mouth of the Besiad river up to the Vetka river. The Sozh floodplain is about 5-6 km wide. The floodplain is mainly present on both sides of the river, though sometimes only on one bank or the other.

Key Biodiversity More than 20,000 geese and 30,000 waders stop off in April-May for feeding and rest. White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons and Ruff Philomachus pugnax are especially numerous on migration. The floodplain meadows are used by large breeding populations of the globally threatened Corncrake Crex crex and Great Snipe Gallinago media. Breeding Garganey Anas querquedula, Black Tern Chlidonias niger, and Bluethroat Luscinia svetica are also high in number.

Non-bird biodiversity: No special flora and fauna studies have been performed on the site.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Garganey Spatula querquedula breeding  1987  400-600 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1987  300-500 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Least Concern 
Great Snipe Gallinago media breeding  1996  60-120 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Near Threatened 
Black Tern Chlidonias niger breeding  1987  150-500 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis breeding  2004  30-50 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  5%
Grassland Humid grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  75%
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater  20%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 20%
not utilised 80%

Protection status National Conservation Status: none.International Conservation Status: An IBA was established in 1998 (code BY 021, criteria A1, Â2).

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: Sož floodplain. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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