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Location Ukraine, Kharkov
Central coordinates 37o 30.00' East  49o 14.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2
Area 32,850 ha
Altitude 58 - 103m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ukranian Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description Mixed forest in the Severskiy Donec valley, near the villages of Norcovka, Vetrovka, Chenel and Protopopovka. Flood-meadows border the river.

Key Biodiversity Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (1-2 pairs).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug breeding  1996  1 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Endangered 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca breeding  1996  2-4 breeding pairs  medium  A1, B2  Vulnerable 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1996  49 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Least Concern 
European Bee-eater Merops apiaster breeding  1996  60-100 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Sand Martin Riparia riparia breeding  1996  16,600 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  95%
Grassland Humid grasslands  4%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  1%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 5%
forestry 95%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Izyums'ka Luka forest. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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