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Location Latvia, Liepaja district
Central coordinates 21o 13.56' East  56o 8.06' North
IBA criteria C1
Area 446 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Latvijas Ornitologijas Biedriba

Site description Approximately 20.5 km long stretch of the unregulated Sventaja river valley on the Latvian- Lithuanian border, with mostly open or abandoned and overgrowing farmland on its right bank slopes and flood-plain. New IBA - listed for the first time after the Emerald project. Fully protected: there is a 100% overlap with Sventaja river valley restricted nature reserve, a candidate SPA.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1994-2004  25-50 breeding pairs  unknown  C1  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Sventajas upes ieleja Nature Reserve 447 protected area overlaps with site 446  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  8%
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  16%
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  29%
Shrubland Scrub  48%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture major
forestry 1%
tourism/recreation 2%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Sventaja valley. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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