Kivach Nature Reserve

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2007 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Smew Mergellus albellus LC breeding 2002 16 breeding pairs A3
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia LC breeding 2002 2 breeding pairs A3
Great Grey Owl Strix nebulosa LC resident 2002 2 breeding pairs A3
Brambling Fringilla montifringilla LC breeding 2002 < 50 individuals A3
Two-barred Crossbill Loxia leucoptera LC breeding 2002 < 50 individuals A3
Rustic Bunting Emberiza rustica VU breeding 2002 110 breeding pairs A3

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2007).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Kivach Zapovednik 10,880 protected area overlaps with site 10,870

Local Conservation Groups

The Local Conservation Groups listed below are working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
Caretaker of Zapovednik Kivach 2005
For more information on BirdLife's work with Local Conservation Groups, please click here.


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Native coniferous woodland, Mixed woodland -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Fens, transition mires and springs, Rivers and streams, Raised bogs -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
water management -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Kivach Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 29/09/2023.