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Location Latvia, Talsi district,Ventspils district
Central coordinates 22o 11.43' East  57o 26.26' North
IBA criteria C1, C6
Area 2,291 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Latvijas Ornitologijas Biedriba

Site description Parts of two natural meandering rivers Rakupe and its tributary Pace, with wet floodplain meadows, with scattered and park-like broadleaved tree stands, lined with mixed and coniferous forests along their valleys. The southwest part includes predominantly wet pine forest and a small raised bog. New IBA, listed for the first time after the Emerald project. Fully protected: there is a 99.7% overlap with two restricted nature reserves Pace meadows and Rakupe valley, both candidate SPAs

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Western Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus resident  1994-2004  15-30 males only  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1994-2004  20-30 breeding pairs  unknown  C1  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Paces plavas Restricted Nature Territory 83 protected area contained by site 83  
Rakupes ieleja Nature Reserve 2,204 protected area overlaps with site 2,202  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  minor
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  8%
Forest Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  51%
Shrubland Scrub  35%
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs  6%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 50%
hunting 60%
tourism/recreation 10%
urban/industrial/transport 5%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Rakupe and Pace. Downloaded from on 29/11/2015

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