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Location Ukraine, Kherson
Central coordinates 33o 12.00' East  45o 58.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2
Area 87,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 9m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ukranian Society for the Protection of Birds



Site description Large bays with sandy beaches, on the Black Sea coast near the towns of Skadovsk and Krasnoperekopsk. The site includes the Lebyazhi islands.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greylag Goose Anser anser winter  1999  1,000 individuals  unknown  B1i  Least Concern 
Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis winter  1994  520 individuals  good  A1  Endangered 
Mute Swan Cygnus olor winter  1992  1,000-8,000 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus winter  1992  700-900 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos winter  1992  17,000-43,000 individuals  medium  B1i  Least Concern 
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus passage  1999  800-1,000 individuals  unknown  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Great Egret Casmerodius albus breeding  1992  200-700 breeding pairs  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Great Egret Casmerodius albus passage  1992  800 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Little Egret Egretta garzetta breeding  1992  480-900 breeding pairs  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus non-breeding  1999  2,200 individuals  unknown  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo breeding  1992  1,300-2,400 breeding pairs  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo passage  1992  1,600-2,500 individuals  medium  B1i  Least Concern 
White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla winter  1999  50-60 individuals  unknown  A1  Least Concern 
Common Coot Fulica atra winter  1992  32,500-37,500 individuals  medium  B1i  Least Concern 
Slender-billed Curlew Numenius tenuirostris passage  1995  rare  A1  Critically Endangered 
Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans breeding  1992  9,000-10,000 breeding pairs  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans winter  1992  6,000 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Little Gull Larus minutus breeding  1992  6,800-17,000 breeding pairs  medium  A4i, B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Gull-billed Tern Sterna nilotica breeding  1992  40 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Caspian Tern Sterna caspia breeding  1992  200-570 breeding pairs  medium  A4i, B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis breeding  1992  3,000-5,000 breeding pairs  medium  A4i, B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  1992  1,000 breeding pairs  medium  B1i  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sterna albifrons breeding  1992  150 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1992  50,000-99,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   
A4iii Species group - waterbirds breeding  1992  20,000-49,999 breeding pairs  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Karkinitska and Dzharylgatska Bays Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 87,000 is identical to site 87,000  
Karkinitsky Zakaznik 27,646 protected area contained by site 27,646  
Lebyazhi Island Unknown 9,612 protected area contained by site 9,612  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  25%
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  75%

Land use

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

Protection status National Partial International High9,612 ha of IBA covered by unknown protected-area type (Lebyazhi Island, 9,612 ha). 87,000 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Karkinitska and Dzharylgatchska Bays, 87,000 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Karkinits'ka and Dzharylgats'ka bays. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 12/07/2014

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