Stepnovski saltmarshes

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2007 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
Demoiselle Crane Anthropoides virgo LC breeding 1998 3 breeding pairs A3
Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius CR breeding 1998 5 breeding pairs A3, A4i, B1i, B2
Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni NT breeding 1998 28 breeding pairs A1, A3, B2
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus NT breeding 1998 17 breeding pairs A1, A3, B2
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni LC breeding 1998 8 breeding pairs B2

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2007).

IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2007 favourable low negligible
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
yes population -

State (condition of the trigger species' populations)
Scientific name Common name Reference population Actual population Units % of population remaining Result
Anthropoides virgo Demoiselle Crane 3 3 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Tetrax tetrax Little Bustard 12 12 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Otis tarda Great Bustard 7 7 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Glareola nordmanni Black-winged Pratincole 30 28 breeding pairs 94 favourable

Pressure (threats to the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - agro-industry farming happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Little/none of site covered (<10%) No management planning has taken place Some limited conservation initiatives are in place negligible
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here

Local Conservation Groups

The Local Conservation Groups listed below are working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
Stepnovskaya school 2007
For more information on BirdLife's work with Local Conservation Groups, please click here.


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial/Terrestrial Highly improved re-seeded landscapes, Arable land, Perennial crops, orchards and groves, Forestry plantations -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Standing brackish and salt water, Water fringe vegetation -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
hunting -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Stepnovski saltmarshes. Downloaded from on 02/12/2023.