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Location Ukraine, Kharkov
Central coordinates 36o 6.00' East  49o 45.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3
Area 5,000 ha
Altitude 82 - 93m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ukranian Society for the Protection of Birds



Site description A stretch of the Mzha river valley, near the villages of Chemuzhovka, Timchenki, Artyukhovka and Merefa. Habitats are dominated by grasslands, with numerous lakes and marshes.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  1999  150-170 breeding pairs  unknown  B2  Not Recognised 
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris breeding  1997  40-50 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Great White Egret Ardea alba breeding  1997  42-54 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1996  120-140 breeding pairs  medium  A1, B2  Least Concern 
Spotted Crake Porzana porzana breeding  1996  70-80 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 
Great Snipe Gallinago media breeding  1996  15-25 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Near Threatened 
Black Tern Chlidonias niger breeding  1997  60-90 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis breeding  1996  10-15 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Eurasian River Warbler Locustella fluviatilis breeding  1999  250-300 breeding pairs  unknown  B3  Least Concern 
Savi's Warbler Locustella luscinioides breeding  1999  1,500-1,700 breeding pairs  unknown  B3  Least Concern 
Marsh Warbler Acrocephalus palustris breeding  1999  3,000-3,200 breeding pairs  unknown  B3  Least Concern 
Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus breeding  1999  2,500-3,000 breeding pairs  unknown  B3  Least Concern 
Eurasian Reed-warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus breeding  1999  3,500-4,000 breeding pairs  unknown  B3  Least Concern 
Garden Warbler Sylvia borin breeding  1999  900-1,100 breeding pairs  unknown  B3  Least Concern 
Barred Warbler Sylvia nisoria breeding  1999  800-900 breeding pairs  unknown  B3  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  10%
Grassland Humid grasslands  40%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  42%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Other urban and industrial areas  8%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 90%
forestry 10%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mzha river valley. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/08/2014

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