Obytochna Spit and Obytochna Bay

Obytochna Spit, the beach
Obytochna Spit, Phalacracorax carbo
Obytochna Spit, Golenky island
Obytochna Spit, Elaeagnus angustifolia
Obytochna Spit, meadows, the view from Naberezhne village

Obytochna Spit and Obytochna Bay

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  • Area: 
    6,917 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    46°34'N 36°13'E
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This sand spit on the Azov Sea and the bay which it creates are characterized by reed-swamp vegetation and saline meadows fringed by steppe vegetation. The morphology of the spit is continuously influenced by the sea, erosion and flooding. The Site supports rare and endemic species of plants, in particular wild garlic Allium pervestitum. Globally threatened waterbirds such as the red-breasted goose (Branta ruficollis) and the common pochard (Aythya ferina) can be found. Up to of 80,000 great cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo) nest, profiting from the great abundancy of round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) as their prey. Two endangered sturgeon species can also be found. Human activities include conservation education, recreation and fishing. In 2021 the boundary was delineated more accurately, increasing the total area by 4,917 hectares.

Administrative region: 
Zaporizhzhia Region

  • National legal designation: 
    • Landscape sanctuary of state importance(‘zakaznik’) - Sanctuary “Obytochna Spit” (‘zakaznik’)
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