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Location Ukraine, Crimea
Central coordinates 35o 52.00' East  45o 17.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3
Area 4,800 ha
Altitude 0 - 106m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ukranian Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description This site, located near Lenino town, includes areas of steppe on the Kazantip peninsula together with wetland habitat along the coast of the Sea of Azov.

Key Biodiversity The total number of breeding waterbirds is 2,300-2,500 pairs, while 10,000-12,000 individuals stage here during migration (with maximum in October-November).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea breeding  1996  6-8 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea non-breeding  1994  160 individuals  medium  B1i  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo passage  1999  2,000-5,000 individuals  unknown  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo breeding  1999  1,650-2,200 breeding pairs  unknown  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta breeding  1994  100-130 breeding pairs  good  B3  Least Concern 
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola breeding  1994  60-70 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Sterna nilotica breeding  1994  360 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i, B2  Not Recognised 
Sterna nilotica passage  1994  500-600 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Not Recognised 
Larus cachinnans breeding  1994  2,200 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i  Not Recognised 
Slender-billed Gull Larus genei breeding  1994  3,200 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus breeding  1994  2,700 breeding pairs  medium  A4i, B1i, B3  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds breeding  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  17%
Wetlands (inland) Sand dunes and beaches; Standing brackish and salt water; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  74%
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  6%
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  3%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
agriculture -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Kazantip Cape, Aktash lake and Astanins'ka marsh. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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