|Location||Iran, Islamic Republic of, Tehran|
|Central coordinates||51o 36.00' East 35o 57.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A3, B2, B3|
|Altitude||2,450 - 4,540m|
|Year of IBA assessment||1994|
Site description The site comprises 20 km of the upper Lar valley in the high Alborz Mountains, from 2,450 m to peaks at 4,540 m. It lies above the Lar Dam, c.10-30 km upstream from the small town of Polur and c.40 km north-east of Tehran. The Lar is in the Caspian watershed, but at this point lies in a rain shadow and the area is relatively arid. For much of its length, the river meanders across a broad, flat-bottomed valley c.500-1,000 m wide. Habitats include a fast-flowing river with extensive shingle banks, patches of dense riverine Salix and Tamarix scrub (with a few trees up to 7-8 m high), small areas of natural wet meadow, open hillsides with steppic vegetation, a number of small, spring-fed alpine meadows in side valleys, and the high crags and summits of neighbouring peaks. There is grazing by sheep, goats and horses. The area was a regular bird-ringing site of the Department of the Environment's Ornithology Unit in the 1970s.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Caspian Snowcock Tetraogallus caspius||resident||1977||frequent [units unknown]||-||A3, B3||Least Concern|
|Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus||resident||1977||present [units unknown]||-||B2||Least Concern|
|Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria||resident||1977||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|White-winged Snowfinch Montifringilla nivalis||resident||1977||common [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris||resident||1977||frequent [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Radde's Accentor Prunella ocularis||breeding||1977||7 breeding pairs||good||A3||Least Concern|
|Rhodopechys sanguineus||resident||1977||frequent [units unknown]||-||A3||Not Recognised|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Lar River||Protected Area||28,000||is identical to site||28,000|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||100%|
Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.
Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by Dr D. A. Scott, reviewed by Dept of Environment.
References Argyle (1976b).
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