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Location Kazakhstan, Akmola region
Central coordinates 70o 38.00' East  51o 58.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 176,090 ha
Altitude 386 - 455m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity of Kazakhstan (Affiliate)



Site description The site lies in the south-eastern part of the moderately expansive Kokshetau uplands. The eastern edge of the area runs parallel to the south-north oriented road network and Astana-Petropavlovsk railway line. The district centre of Akkol (Alekseyevka) is located roughly midway along the border. A system of secondary and country roads crosses the site linking the many villages, the largest of which are Phylipovka, Vinogradovka, Krasny Bor, Amangeldy and Ornek. On the northern boundary is the medium-sized settlement of Nikolskoye. The boundary of the site encompasses an area occupied by large stands of mature pine forest in the vicinity of Akkol (Alekseyevka). These impressive patches of pine mountainside are located on the sub-watershed of the upper reaches of the right-bank tributaries of the Koluton river. The major features of the landscape are those typical of the wilds of the Northern Kazakhstan forest-steppe zone - an assemblage of dry meadow herbage and Fescue-Feather-Grass vegetation between stands of coniferous forest and occasional groves of birch.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus breeding  2007  50-80 breeding pairs  medium  A1, A3  Near Threatened 
Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga breeding  2007  2-4 breeding pairs  good  A1  Vulnerable 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca breeding  2007  5-6 breeding pairs  good  A1, A3  Vulnerable 
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus breeding  2007  15-25 breeding pairs  medium  A1, A3  Near Threatened 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Flood-plain; Native coniferous  36%
Grassland Steppes & dry calcareous  8%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers & streams; Standing brackish & salt water; Standing fresh water; Temporary water bodies; Water-fringe vegetation  26%
Artificial - aquatic Artificial water bodies  minor
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  minor
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  30%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
rangeland/pastureland 30%
forestry 40%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Alekseevskie steppe pine forests. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 31/08/2014

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