Lower Pripyat

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2000 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
Garganey Spatula querquedula LC breeding 1993 3,000-5,000 breeding pairs B2
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos LC breeding 1993 3,000-7,000 breeding pairs B1i
Corncrake Crex crex LC breeding 1986 1,100 breeding pairs A1
Black Stork Ciconia nigra LC breeding 1993 30-40 breeding pairs B2
White Stork Ciconia ciconia LC breeding 1990 100-150 breeding pairs B2
Little Tern Sternula albifrons LC breeding 1994 200-300 breeding pairs A4i, B1i, B2
Black Tern Chlidonias niger LC breeding 1995 200 breeding pairs B2
Tawny Owl Strix aluco LC resident 1995 100 breeding pairs B3
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio LC breeding 1993 500 breeding pairs B2
Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus LC breeding 1995 3,000-10,000 breeding pairs B3
Collared Sand Martin Riparia riparia LC breeding 1986 20,000-30,000 breeding pairs B2
Thrush Nightingale Luscinia luscinia LC breeding 1995 3,000-5,000 breeding pairs B3
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a breeding 1993 7,600-14,000 breeding pairs A4iii

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2000).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Polesski Radio-ecological Zapovednik 211,500 protected area overlaps with site 6,500


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest -
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland, Humid grasslands -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
agriculture -
hunting -
urban/industrial/transport -
not utilised -

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