Polesie Reserve This is an IBA in danger! 

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2005

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Black Stork Ciconia nigra LC breeding 2000 30-50 breeding pairs B2
Short-toed Snake-eagle Circaetus gallicus LC breeding 2000 10-15 breeding pairs B2
Lesser Spotted Eagle Clanga pomarina LC breeding 2004 30 breeding pairs B2
Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga VU breeding 2000 3-5 breeding pairs A1
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus LC breeding 2000 40-60 breeding pairs B3
White-tailed Sea-eagle Haliaeetus albicilla LC breeding 2000 8-10 breeding pairs A1

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

For more information about the IBA assessment process and criteria please click here

IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2017 very high not assessed not assessed
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by unset
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - large dams likely in short term (within 4 years) whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Not assessed Not assessed Not assessed not assessed
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Polesski Radio-ecological Zapovednik 211,500 protected area contains site 52,350
Paleski Radyaytsina-Ekalagichny State Nature Reserve 215,898 protected area overlaps with site 0
Khoya zvychainaya u Kirauskim lyasnitstve Natural Monument (Local) 0 protected area overlaps with site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs, Rivers and streams, Standing freshwater -
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest, Broadleaved deciduous woodland, Mixed woodland, Native coniferous woodland -
Grassland Humid grasslands, Steppes and dry calcareous grassland -
Artificial/Terrestrial -
Other -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Polesie Reserve. Downloaded from on 27/03/2023.