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.
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).
National Partial International None500 ha of IBA covered by Zakaznik (Naliboksky, 85,400 ha).
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Zachodniaja Biarezina. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 19/01/2022.