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Location Belarus, Brest
Central coordinates 26o 18.00' East  52o 18.00' North
IBA criteria B2, B3
Area 3,226 ha
Altitude 137 - 139m
Year of IBA assessment 2005

Akhova Ptushak Belarusi

Site description One of the largest complexes of fish-ponds, together with a reservoir, in the Pripyat (Polesia) region. The fish-ponds are stocked with carp Cyprinus carpio and are highly productive, with a high cover of water-fringe vegetation.

Key Biodiversity The site holds large concentrations of breeding, moulting and post-breeding waterbirds, especially fish-eating species. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (1 pair). Significant proportion (³1%) of national population breeding at site: Aythya ferina (150-200 pairs). Important non-breeding visitors include Ciconia nigra (50-70 birds).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Gadwall Mareca strepera breeding  1995  20-40 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Common Pochard Aythya ferina breeding  1995  150-200 breeding pairs  good  B3  Vulnerable 
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris breeding  1995  40-50 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  95%
Artificial - terrestrial Other urban and industrial areas  5%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 95%
hunting 5%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Paliessie fish farm. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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