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Location Ukraine, Kherson
Central coordinates 33o 52.00' East  46o 27.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3, A4i, A4iii, A4iv, B1i, B1iv
Area 33,307 ha
Altitude 20 - 33m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ukranian Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description Plots of natural steppe with man-made ponds, bordered by cultivated land.

Key Biodiversity An important site for birds of the steppe biome.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons passage  1996  500,000 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis passage  1996  60 individuals  poor  A1  Vulnerable 
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea winter  424 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus breeding  1995  present  A3  Near Threatened 
Demoiselle Crane Anthropoides virgo breeding  1995  present  A3  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus passage  1996  57,000 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni unknown  1995  present  A3  Near Threatened 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  1996  500,000-999,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes passage  1996  57,000 individuals  medium  A4iv, B1iv   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Askaniya-Nova Zapovednik UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 33,307 protected area contained by site 33,307  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  100%
Artificial - terrestrial Urban parks and gardens  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 100%

Protection status National High International High33,307 ha of IBA covered by Biosphere Reserve (Askania-Nova, 33,307 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Askania-Nova Biosphere Reserve. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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