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Location Belarus, Vitebsk
Central coordinates 29o 22.00' East  55o 28.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, B3
Area 26,625 ha
Altitude 139 - 169m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Akhova Ptushak Belarusi

Site description The site is a complex mix of bogs, forests, floodplain meadows, lakes and agricultural land. The site is characterized by high diversity and contrasting ecological conditions, as well as the presence of unique nature complexes: large tracts of bogs and transition mires, open fens, lakes, sandy dunes, almost natural forests and fragmentary oak stands.

Key Biodiversity A total of 175 breeding species of birds have been recorded. The site hosts 44 bird species listed in the National Red Data Book.

Non-bird biodiversity: The category of rare and disappearing plants listed in the National Red Data Book comprises 21 species. Many rare moss species can also be found. The fauna diversity is defined by the variety of habitats. The following Red Data Book mammal species have stable populations: Badger Meles meles (10 settlements), Lynx Felis linx (5-8) and Brown Bear Ursus arctos (3-5).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Grouse Lyrurus tetrix resident  1992  300-450 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus breeding  1995  12-15 breeding pairs  good  B3  Least Concern 
Circus cyaneus breeding  1995  10 breeding pairs  good  B2  Not Recognised 
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1995  15-20 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 
Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga breeding  1995  2 breeding pairs  good  A1  Vulnerable 
Circaetus gallicus breeding  1995  4-5 breeding pairs  good  B2  Not Recognised 
Osprey Pandion haliaetus breeding  1995  5-6 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Kozyanskiy Nature Sanctuary or Partial Reserve 44,400 protected area contains site 26,060  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Native coniferous woodland  69%
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs; Standing freshwater  27%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  3%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 70%
hunting 30%

Protection status National Conservation Status: A national landscape zakaznik was established in 1999 on the basis of the former national biological zakaznik. International Conservation Status: An IBA was established in 1998. In 2001 its borders were modified to account for the changes in the borders of the zakaznik (code BY003, criteria A1, B2, B3).The site is included in the list of potential Ramsar sites (Criterion 1, 2, 3).

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: Kaz'jany. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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