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Location Belarus, Vitebsk
Central coordinates 28o 3.00' East  55o 0.00' North
IBA criteria B2
Area 20,939 ha
Altitude 170 - 182m
Year of IBA assessment 2005

Akhova Ptushak Belarusi

Site description The site is a mosaic of wood, mire, meadow, wetland and forest. It also includes large natural water bodies belonging to the Upper Berezina river catchment.

Key Biodiversity A total of 140 bird species breed on the IBA, of which 24 are listed in the National Red Data Book.

Non-bird biodiversity: Rare and disappearing flora includes nine plant species and one mushroom species listed in the National Red Data Book. Brown Bear Ursus arctos, Badger Meles meles, and Lynx Felis linx, also listed in the National Red Data Book, breed.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  2004  10 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Osprey Pandion haliaetus breeding  1993  6-8 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Galubitskaya Puschcha Nature Sanctuary or Partial Reserve (Local) 6,734 protected area contains site 20,452  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Native coniferous woodland  70%
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs; Standing freshwater  18%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 50%
nature conservation and research 20%
hunting 10%
other 20%

Protection status National Conservation Status: A national hydrological zakaznik is planned to be established in 2002 by extending the borders of the existing zakaznik.International Conservation Status: An IBA was established in 1998. In 2001 the borders of the IBA were adjusted to account for the extension of the zakaznik (code BY004, criterion Â2).Potential Ramsar site (criterion 1).

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: Halubickaja Pušča. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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