A seasonally flooded riverine fen. Vegetation is dominated by wet meadows, sedge communities and Salix thickets. The area is used for haymaking and cattle-grazing.
An extensive area of suitable breeding habitat for Acrocephalus paludicola. Significant proportion (³1%) of national population breeding at site: Botaurus stellaris (10-15 pairs). The site has a high species richness overall.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats come from the changes in water regime over most of the site following drainage for agricultural improvement, and from shrub encroachment. Funding is being sought for the development of a management plan and a protected area. Studies of species diversity and census-work have been carried out with financial support from the Michael Otto Foundation for Environmental Protection.
National Partial International None2,000 ha of IBA covered by Zakaznik (Sporovsky, 11,300 ha).
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sporovo. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 22/09/2020.