Zachodniaja Biarezina

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
The flood-plain of the middle reaches of the West Beresina river (a lowland tributary of the Neman river), still in a predominantly natural and intact state. Alluvial Quercus forests, Salix thickets and wet meadows dominate the landscape. Land-uses include haymaking and cattle-grazing.

Key biodiversity
The river holds the highest density of Alcedo atthis in Belarus. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex (min. 20 pairs).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threat is from drainage, and from canalization of the upper river-bed, which together have resulted in lower water-levels on the river. A small part of the flood-plain is included in the State National Nature Reserve (Zakaznik).

Protected areas
National Partial International None500 ha of IBA covered by Zakaznik (Naliboksky, 85,400 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Zachodniaja Biarezina. Downloaded from on 15/08/2022.