The site is situated in the south-east corner of Pavlodar region close to borders with the Eastern Kazakhstan region and Russia.
Ertys Ormany (Shaldai forest) consists of an extensive assemblage of woodland belts and insular patches of pines intermixed with birch, poplar and willow growth extending northwards from Shalda. The main part of the forest lies on loamy soils and much of the area shows the scars of previous fires.
The site has an avifauna typical of large pine forests with generally low numbers of individual species. During surveys in 2005-2006 101 species were recorded, nine of which are nationally protected concern and 5 species of global conservation concern. Characteristic species are Parus montanus, Dendrocopus major, Buteo buteo, Streptopelia turtur and Lyrurus tetrix.
Non-bird biodiversity: The forest consists of woodland stands separated by glades and larger plots of steppe with abundant scrub. The edges of the pine woods frequently include stands of deciduous species such as Willow, Poplar and Birch.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The major threats are unlicensed logging, the removal of deadwood or dying trees and -fires (often deliberately started).
The area is identical to that of the "Ertis Ormany" State Forest Nature Reservation.
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ertis Ormany (Shaldai Forest). Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 26/01/2022.