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Location Russia (European), Kabardino-Balkarskaya Republic
Central coordinates 43o 29.00' East  43o 9.48' North
IBA criteria A1, B2
Area 5,500 ha
Altitude 800 - 3,497m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus breeding  2007  1-2 breeding pairs  poor  A1  Endangered 
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus breeding  2007  15-20 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2007 low favourable negligible
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Forest   0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable
Grassland   0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable
Rocky areas   0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable
Shrubland   0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  No management planning has taken place  Very little or no conservation action taking place  negligible 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  12%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  45%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  3%
Rocky areas Scree & boulders  20%
Artificial - terrestrial Other urban and industrial areas; Urban parks and gardens  6%
Shrubland   14%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 12%
rangeland/pastureland 30%
forestry 10%
fisheries/aquaculture 1%
hunting 100%
tourism/recreation 20%
urban/industrial/transport 3%
not utilised 30%

Acknowledgements The identification of IBAs and information collected between 1980 and 2009 provided by the IBA network of the Russian Bird Conservation Union (RBCU).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Ravine of Cherek-Balkarski river. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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