Shats'ki lakes

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2000 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Greylag Goose Anser anser LC non-breeding 1993 350 individuals B1i
Bean Goose Anser fabalis LC passage 1989 2,000-3,000 individuals B1i
Common Pochard Aythya ferina VU passage 1989 5,000-10,000 individuals B1i
Common Pochard Aythya ferina VU breeding 1994 300 breeding pairs B3
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca NT breeding 1994 20 breeding pairs A1
Corncrake Crex crex LC breeding 1996 15-20 breeding pairs A1
Little Crake Zapornia parva LC breeding 1989 50-70 breeding pairs B3
Common Crane Grus grus LC passage 1989 2,000-3,000 individuals A4i, B1i
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris LC breeding 1994 80 breeding pairs B2
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus LC breeding 1989 2-4 breeding pairs B2
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo LC resident 1989 2-3 breeding pairs B2
Lesser Spotted Eagle Clanga pomarina LC breeding 1996 3-4 breeding pairs B2
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus LC breeding 1996 4-5 breeding pairs B3
Aquatic Warbler Acrocephalus paludicola VU breeding 1994 40-60 breeding pairs A1, B2
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a unknown - min 20,000 individuals A4iii

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2000).

IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2016 not assessed high not assessed
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
yes unset good

State (condition of the trigger species' populations)
Scientific name Common name Reference population Actual population Units % of population remaining Result
Cygnus olor Mute Swan 15 12 breeding pairs 80 near favourable
Anser anser Greylag Goose 60 11 breeding pairs 19 very unfavourable
Aythya ferina Common Pochard 300 190 breeding pairs 64 unfavourable
Aythya nyroca Ferruginous Duck 20 7 breeding pairs 35 very unfavourable
Anas platyrhynchos Mallard 150 140 breeding pairs 94 favourable
Podiceps cristatus Great Crested Grebe 90 90 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Crex crex Corncrake 17 25 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Fulica atra Common Coot 500 750 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Grus grus Common Crane 4 12 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Ciconia nigra Black Stork 4 3 breeding pairs 75 near favourable
Botaurus stellaris Eurasian Bittern 80 60 breeding pairs 75 near favourable
Ardea cinerea Grey Heron 90 55 breeding pairs 62 unfavourable
Vanellus vanellus Northern Lapwing 60 27 breeding pairs 45 unfavourable
Numenius arquata Eurasian Curlew 2 3 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Limosa limosa Black-tailed Godwit 12 12 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Gallinago media Great Snipe 14 13 breeding pairs 93 favourable
Larus ridibundus Black-headed Gull 3750 2750 breeding pairs 74 near favourable
Circus pygargus Montagu's Harrier 4 3 breeding pairs 75 near favourable
Lanius excubitor 8 10 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Acrocephalus paludicola Aquatic Warbler 50 10 breeding pairs 20 very unfavourable

Pressure (threats to the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Biological resource use fishing & harvesting aquatic resources - motivation unknown/unrecorded happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Biological resource use logging & wood harvesting - motivation unknown/unrecorded happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Climate change and severe weather habitat shifting and alteration happening now some of area/population (10-49%) very rapid to severe deterioration high
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Natural system modifications other ecosystem modifications happening now whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration high

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Not assessed Not assessed Not assessed not assessed
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Yalinnik Regional Zakaznik 88 protected area overlaps with site 0
Shatskyi UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 48,977 protected area overlaps with site 0
Shatskiy National Park 32,515 protected area overlaps with site 32,515
Shatsk Lakes Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 32,850 protected area overlaps with site 32,850
Rostans'kiy - 2 Regional Zakaznik 14 protected area contained by site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland, Native coniferous woodland, Mixed woodland, Alluvial and very wet forest -
Grassland Humid grasslands -
Wetlands (inland) Sand dunes and beaches, Standing freshwater, Rivers and streams, Water fringe vegetation, Fens, transition mires and springs -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land, Other urban and industrial areas -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
forestry -
urban/industrial/transport -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Shats'ki lakes. Downloaded from on 28/11/2023.