Iput River Floodplain

Forest in the floodplain of the Iput River
The floodplain of the Iput River
Fen mires overgown with shrubs and combined with oxbow lakes in the floodplain of the Iput River

Iput River Floodplain

  • Country: 
    Belarus
  • Site number: 
    2262
  • Area: 
    3,501.8 ha
  • Designation date: 
    30-03-2015
  • Coordinates: 
    52°31'N 31°29'E
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Overview

Located near the border with Russia, the Site is a highly waterlogged floodplain complex composed of broad-leaf and indigenous black alder communities, oak woods, meadows and fen mires. Due to the difficult access, this section of the Iput River floodplain has remained in a natural state and is representative of middle-reach river floodplains, which used to be widespread in the Eastern Polesie region. The preserved natural floodplain communities and indigenous old forests create favourable conditions for a large number of nationally protected flora and fauna species. The wetland hosts two globally threatened species of birds, the European turtle dove Streptopelia turtu and the common pochard Aythya ferina. Globally threatened species of insects include the beetles Agabus clypealis and Dytiscus latissimus. The open water bodies constitute an important place for traditional amateur fishing. As a result of the cessation of mowing and grazing, the open floodplain meadows are overgrown with shrubs. The territory of the Site is a part of the resettlement and exclusion zone of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, and almost all economic activities are prohibited.

Administrative region: 
Dobrush district/Gomel region

  • National legal designation: 
    • Wetland Reserve of Local Importance
  • Last publication date: 
    24-03-2016

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