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Location Latvia, Riga district,Vangazi municipality
Central coordinates 24o 27.40' East  57o 3.19' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 1,796 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Latvijas Ornitologijas Biedriba

Site description A fragment of a large, predominantly dry Scot's Pine forest growing on sandy soils. It includes a significant number of small old-growth forest stands. There are several patches of open habitats with heath or bare sandy soil. New IBA, listed for the first time under the IBA C criteria. Almost fully protected: there is a 99.1% overlap with the newly designated Garkalne forests restricted nature reserve, a candidate SPA.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
European Roller Coracias garrulus breeding  1994-2004  10-15 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Garkalnes mezi Restricted Nature Territory 1,785 protected area overlaps with site 1,780  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes; Other urban and industrial areas  minor
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  1%
Forest Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  91%
Shrubland Scrub  8%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 90%
urban/industrial/transport major
other minor
tourism/recreation 90%
nature conservation and research minor

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Garkalne forest. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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