Onega Bay of the White Sea

Year of compilation: 2001

Site description
A number of islands along the western shore of Onega Bay in the White sea.

Key biodiversity
The area is a very important staging place for migrating C. cygnus, C. columbianus, B. bernicla, B. leucopsis and other geese and ducks, but no detailed information is available at the moment. It is certain this site meets criteria A4iii.

Conservation responses/actions for key biodiversity
A regional nature reserve covers part of this area. The site is also included in the Ramsar Sites List (confermed by the government in 1995). Part of IBAs is included in the Shadow List of RAmsar Sites (2000 year) - "Morskoi Zakaznik Sorokski" ("Marine Reserve Sorokski" (43900 ha).

Habitat and land use
Offshore islands and shallow sea with a wide foreshore and wet coastal meadows. 'Other' land-use = seaweed collection.

The map polygon is provided courtesy of the Spatial Database on Important Bird Areas of Russia 2014 (© Russian Bird Conservation Union, © Transparent World).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Onega Bay of the White Sea. Downloaded from on 17/05/2022.