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Location Ukraine, Zaporozhie
Central coordinates 35o 30.00' East  47o 5.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B2, B3
Area 3,800 ha
Altitude 25 - 105m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ukranian Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description A stretch of the Molochnaya valley, near the villages of Svetlodolinskoe, Kamenskoe and Rubalovka, with numerous reedbeds Phragmites.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  1997  200-240 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Not Recognised 
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris breeding  1997  140-160 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Himantopus himantopus breeding  1997  120-200 breeding pairs  medium  B1i  Not Recognised 
Common Redshank Tringa totanus breeding  1997  275-315 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola breeding  1997  60-80 breeding pairs  medium  A4i, B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Savi's Warbler Locustella luscinioides breeding  1997  300-500 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 
Whinchat Saxicola rubetra breeding  1997  260-500 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands  65%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  23%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Other urban and industrial areas  12%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 80%
hunting 10%
urban/industrial/transport 10%
not utilised 5%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Molochna river valley. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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