Watershed of the Rivers Strelna and Varzuga

Site description (2001 baseline):

Site location and context
Extremely marshy northern taiga with a large number of lakes.

Key biodiversity
Based on data in the previous European IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989), this is an important breeding and post-breeding site for Cygnus cygnus. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (1_pair). Other breeding species include Anser fabalis and Pandion haliaetus (1_pair).

Conservation responses/actions for key biodiversity
No recent information. A zapovednik (Varzuga, 107,000 ha) was planned, but has not yet been created.

The map polygon is provided courtesy of the Spatial Database on Important Bird Areas of Russia 2014 (© Russian Bird Conservation Union, © Transparent World).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Watershed of the Rivers Strelna and Varzuga. Downloaded from on 26/09/2023.