Batpakkol lake

Country/territory: Kazakhstan

IBA criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iii (2013)
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Area: 2,690 ha

Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity in Kazakhstan
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2015 unfavourable high not assessed
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Site summary

Batpakkol Lake: The artificial reservoir is located on northern gentle slope of Sypsynagash hollow in the south of Kamystinsky district. The size of the lake’s hollow is 2 x 2 km, area is about 310 hectares, and depth of water is up to 3 m. The surrounding landscapes are presented by sloping-ridge forb sand and feather-grass steppes. The thickets of reed are only in the coastal area of the lake. Adjacent steppe territories are hilly.

Rich reed thickets of bordery-clump type with an extensive central stretch are typical for the lake. A part of the lake is shallow with tuberous reed thickets (Phragmites australis, Bolboshoenus maritimus). There are thickets of a Morass-weed (Ceratophyllum demersum) and pondgrass. The lake is known as an important place of stops of geese, including Red-breasted Geese and Lesser White-fronted Geese on spring and autumn flights. For shallow waters, mainly on flooded sites in the spring behind the external edge of reed thickets, communities of Narrow-leaved cat's-tail (Typha angustifolia) and Bulrush (Scirpus lacustris) are typical. Commercial fishery is conducted on the lake; there are trailers for shepherds, shelters for cattle and irrigation vegetable gardens. The closest arable lands of grain-crops are in 7-9 km. The closest settlements are situated far away; summer herds of cattle are on the east coast. There is local traffic on field roads. There are no junkyards observed around water reservoirs.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Batpakkol lake. Downloaded from on 02/10/2023.