The IBA consits of a dispersed cluster of small and middle-sized lakes scattered throughout the Karasuk region, to the east of Trophymovka. The Karasuk region is a practically undisturbed expanse of swampy brackish land with extensive reedbeds. The largest lakes in the system are Malyie Berezniaki (near the village of the same name) and part of Karasuk Lake (on the Russian border). The adjacent territory consists of mesophyllic forest-steppe strewn with tiny copses of birch and scrub, mostly bird cherry bushes.
The small breeding waterbird community is typical of small lakes with extensive reedbeds. Breeding by globally threatened species, such as Oxyura leucocephala, is suspected. The area is most important during migration. 52 species were recorded on 05.10.2006.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Possible fires. Grazing near villages does not impact on the main (wetland) part of the IBA.
Conservation responses/actions for key biodiversity
Habitat and land use
The terrestrial parts of the IBA (about 10%) are used for grazing at moderate density, though high near villages. The wetlands (reedbeds and open water) are not utilised.
Daniel Masur, Kati Sevke (Greifswald University) and Vladimir Pereskokov (Pavlodar regional wildlife protection service) conducted the survey in October 2006 and provided their data.
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Karasuk. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 02/10/2022.