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Location Czech Republic, Moravian-Silesian Region,Olomouc Region
Central coordinates 17o 32.00' East  49o 39.00' North
IBA criteria A1, C1
Area 32,724 ha
Altitude 288 - 700m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

Czech Society for Ornithology

Site description This IBA is very distinctive and with its characteristics and size it represents the most unique region in Moravia. It is an extensive and, with some small exceptions, uninhabited area. Its only city is Libavá, the seat of the military training area administration. The whole area is covered with a mosaic of more or less coherent forests and open areas with herbaceous vegetation and intermixed shrubs and overgrowth. Wetlands are abundant and represented in many forms. The network of streams with valleys absolutely free of any man-made structures are quite unique in the context of the surrounding cultural and densely inhabited landscape. Equally unique is the number of pools that originate after shooting at the shooting ranges.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  2000-2002  100 males only  medium  A1, C1  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2010 low favourable low
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Natural system modifications other ecosystem modifications happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low

Crex crex Corncrake 100 150 males only 100 favourable

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  No management plan exists but the management planning process has begun  Very little or no conservation action taking place  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Horni Odra - CZ0813810 Habitats Directive 9 protected area overlaps with site 2  
Libava - CZ0711019 Birds Directive 32,724 is identical to site 32,724  
Libava - CZ0714133 Habitats Directive 10,774 protected area contained by site 10,774  
Smolenska luka Nature Reserve 11 protected area contained by site 11  
Udoli Bystrice - CZ0714772 Habitats Directive 751 protected area is adjacent to site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   57%
Grassland   10%
Wetlands (inland)   1%
Artificial - terrestrial   19%
Shrubland   1%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
military major

Protection status There is one small-scale protected area within the IBA. IBA is covered by SPA.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Libava. Downloaded from on 05/03/2015

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