Lower Pripyat

Country/territory: Belarus

IBA criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3 (2000)
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Area: 40,000 ha

Site description (2000 baseline)
A large river flood-plain with moderate but long-lasting spring floods. Wet meadows, dry grasslands and alluvial Quercus forests predominate in one of the most extensive alluvial landscapes to be protected in Europe.

Key biodiversity
One of the largest concentrations in Belarus of breeding waterbirds, and one of the most significant staging areas for geese, ducks and waders on spring migration. The site regularly supports 20,000 or more waterbirds. Significant proportion (³1%) of national population breeding at site: Botaurus stellaris (min. 100 pairs), Aythya ferina (70-150 pairs).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Lower Pripyat. Downloaded from on 04/03/2024.