Patches of tugai forests with Populus, Salix, etc. in the Alazani river valley adjacent to the Georgian border. Land-uses include forestry and some cattle- and sheep-grazing.
This is a notable site for forest raptors, especially Aquila heliaca; with Accipiter brevipes probably breeding and Pandion haliaetus a rare visitor throughout the year. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (formerly bred, with probably 1 pair surviving). Significant proportion (³1%) of national population breeding at site: Ciconia nigra (5-6 pairs).
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Alazani river valley. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 04/07/2020.