Ispani Mire

Kobulate managed reserve
Kobulate managed reserve
Kobulate managed reserve
Kobulate managed reserve
Kobulate managed reserve

Ispani Mire

  • Country: 
    Georgia
  • Site number: 
    894
  • Area: 
    782.7 ha
  • Designation date: 
    07-02-1997
  • Coordinates: 
    41°51'N 41°48'E
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Overview

Ispani Mire is a peatland complex near the southern end of Georgia’s Black Sea coast. The wetland is divided into two major peat bogs; Ispani I in the southwest and Ispani II in the north, the latter being the bigger and better preserved. Their composition is unique, as the water level is very constant without groundwater feeding, due to the evenly distributed annual precipitation. This uniformity allows the wetland to be remarkably biodiverse, hosting rare and relict vegetation communities and supporting the migration of globally threatened species such as the critically endangered sociable lapwing (Vanellus gregarius) and the vulnerable eastern imperial eagle (Aquila heliaca). Other noteworthy species are also found, such as the European otter (Lutra lutra), the common carp (Cyprinus carpio) and the white-headed duck (Oxyura leucocephala). Peat extraction and drainage in the 1930s caused major disturbance to Ispani I, which is now regenerating and improving its condition. In contrast, Ispani II is in a near-pristine state. A management plan for the wetland is in place.

Administrative region: 
Adjara

  • National legal designation: 
    • State Nature Reserve
    • Managed Reserve
  • Last publication date: 
    29-04-2020

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