Balota Zvaniec This is an IBA in danger! 

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2005

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Corncrake Crex crex LC breeding 1996 50-100 breeding pairs A1
Spotted Crake Porzana porzana LC breeding 1996-2001 1,000-4,000 breeding pairs B3
Common Crane Grus grus LC breeding 1996-2001 50-100 breeding pairs B2
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus LC breeding 1996-2001 100-200 breeding pairs B2
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo LC breeding 2001 15 breeding pairs B2
Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga VU breeding 2001 1-2 breeding pairs A1
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus LC breeding 1996 10-20 breeding pairs B3
Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus LC breeding 1996 5-10 breeding pairs B2
Aquatic Warbler Acrocephalus paludicola VU breeding 1996-2002 4,600-7,600 breeding pairs A1, B2
Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus LC breeding 2004 6,000-8,500 breeding pairs B3
Savi's Warbler Locustella luscinioides LC breeding 1996-2001 1,500-3,000 breeding pairs B3
Common Grasshopper-warbler Locustella naevia LC breeding 2004 150-200 breeding pairs B3

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2017 very high not assessed not assessed
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by unset
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - large dams likely in short term (within 4 years) whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Natural system modifications other ecosystem modifications happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Not assessed Not assessed Not assessed not assessed
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Zvanets Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 15,873 is identical to site 15,873
Zvanets Nature Sanctuary or Partial Reserve (Local) 10,460 protected area overlaps with site 16,225
Radostovskiy Nature Sanctuary or Partial Reserve 7,000 protected area is adjacent to site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest -
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland -
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
not utilised -
agriculture -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Balota Zvaniec. Downloaded from on 01/04/2023.