Paliessie fish farm

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
One of the largest complexes of fish-ponds, together with a reservoir, in the Pripyat (Polesia) region. The fish-ponds are stocked with carp Cyprinus carpio and are highly productive, with a high cover of water-fringe vegetation.

Key biodiversity
The site holds large concentrations of breeding, moulting and post-breeding waterbirds, especially fish-eating species. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (1 pair). Significant proportion (³1%) of national population breeding at site: Aythya ferina (150-200 pairs). Important non-breeding visitors include Ciconia nigra (50-70 birds).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threat comes from the reduction in fish production due to the current economic crisis, resulting in a decreased area of water and reduced food supply for fish-eating birds. The species composition and numbers of birds are relatively well studied. Although unprotected, the fish-farm is closed to the public and there is no disturbance of nesting birds during the breeding period.

Protected areas
National None International None

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Paliessie fish farm. Downloaded from on 10/08/2022.