Shcherbakty Lakes

Year of compilation: 2006

Site description
The IBA consists of a group of 3 lakes to the west and south-west of Scherbakty village (by the shore of the lake of the same name), in Lebyazinskiy district. The first is 2 km to the west and the last, and most remote, is 6 km to the south. Overall the lake complex extends over a distance of 10 km. The approximate area occupied by the lakes is 2.7 x 1.3 km (maximum 3.2 x 1.8 km,), 1.2 x 0.5 km (1.4 x 0.7 km), and 2.8 x 1.7 km (3.2 x 2.2 km). The lakes are closed, bitter-salty in separate natural depressions with poorly developed littoral vegetation. Only on the eastern bank of the southerly lake is there any substantial growth of reeds, forming a system of inlets and spits. The surrounding landscape is primarily abandoned crop fields with patches of trees.

Key biodiversity
The site supports a small breeding waterbird community but is important during migration as a stopover site.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Possible threats are disturbance and hunting during autumn migration. Currently these occur at a moderate scale, with no or an imperceptible impact.

Conservation responses/actions for key biodiversity

Protected areas

Habitat and land use
Moderate grazing by cattle, sheep and horses over 10-15% of the area. A minor part of the area (less than 5%) are cereal fields.

Land ownership
Mixed - partly state, partly private (farmers).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Shcherbakty Lakes. Downloaded from on 23/09/2020.