This site is close to Karayazi forest (IBA 005). The area contains the last remaining tugai forest on the banks of the River Akstafa, a right-bank tributary of the Kura river. Main land-uses are firewood-collection (`Other' land-use) and tourism. There is also some sheep-grazing.
Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aquila heliaca (visits the site throughout the year from IBA 005, but probably does not breed). Significant proportion (³1%) of national population breeding at site: Aquila pomarina (1 pair, possibly more). Alcedo atthis and Coracias garrulus are very common breeding birds.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Threats include illegal tree-felling (`Other' threat), which is being phased out, and grazing on the edge of the forest which inhibits regeneration. A game reserve for Phasianus colchicus is planned.
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BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Akstafa-chai valley. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 18/05/2022.