Stokhid River Floodplains

The Stokhid River near Buchin village
Chlidonias leucopterus
Limosa limosa
Floodplain of Stokhid near Zarika village

Stokhid River Floodplains

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This part of the Prypiat-Stokhid-Prostyr Transboundary Ramsar Site, along with Prypiat River Floodplains (Site no.776) in Ukraine and Prostyr (Site no.1611) in Belarus, spans a 144-kilometre stretch of the Stokhid River up to its confluence with the Prypriat River. The main channel and its floodplain featuring various side channels, lakes, marshes, peatlands, islands and meadows provide diverse habitats that support numerous nationally and internationally threatened species. Five vegetation communities protected under the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats can be found, all of them influenced by pronounced floods in spring, summer-autumn, and sometimes winter. The Site is situated on the crossroads of two important flyways, and around 31,000 waterbirds such as ducks (Mareca penelope), geese (Anser albifrons) and white-winged terns (Chlidonias leucopterus) depend on it for staging, breeding and moulting. Endangered fish species such as the European eel (Anguilla anguilla) and the burbot (Lota lota) also find suitable spawning and wintering grounds. The Site presents one of the most pristine floodplain ecosystems of the Ukrainian Polissia region; apart from minor land drainage and reclamation, anthropogenic threats are limited, with human activities include hunting, fishing, livestock grazing, haymaking and recreation.
Transboundary designation: 
Stokhid River Floodplains is part of the Stokhid-Prypiat-Prostyr Transboundary Ramsar Site together with Prypiat River Floodplains Ramsar Site (No.776) in Ukraine and Prostyr (Site no. 1611) in Belarus. Together they constitute one of the largest complexes of floodplain meadows and mires in Europe. The Transboundary Ramsar Site was established in 2008.

Administrative region: 
Volyn region, Lyubeshiv, Kamin-Kashyrskyi, Kovel and Manevychi Districts of Volyn region

  • National legal designation: 
    • Lanscape and Hydrological Reserves (zakazniks) - Sedlyshche, Sedlyshche,
    • National Park - Stokhid River Floodplain
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • Other international designation
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