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Location Latvia, Limbazi district
Central coordinates 24o 20.35' East  57o 49.47' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 300 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Latvijas Ornitologijas Biedriba

Site description The site is a ca. 9 km long and narrow belt of diverse and specific seashore habitats, including sandy beaches, flooded and dry meadows, inlets and lagoons with reedbeds and various other vegetation First listed as part of the IBA 024 in 1994 [1], now it qualifies under the IBA C criteria. High protection level: there is a 87.1% overlap with Randu meadows restricted nature reserve, a candidate SPA. The gap between IBA and pSPA boundaries is mostly due to differences in methods in boundary setting.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea breeding  1994-2004  5-20 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons breeding  1994-2004  10-15 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris breeding  1994-2004  5-8 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Randu plavas Nature Reserve 280 protected area overlaps with site 261  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial Highly improved re-seeded landscapes; Other urban and industrial areas; Urban parks and gardens  12%
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  23%
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Native coniferous woodland  11%
Shrubland Scrub  15%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Standing brackish and salt water; Standing freshwater  -
Other   8%
Coastline Sand dunes & beaches  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 20%
fisheries/aquaculture 10%
tourism/recreation 5%
urban/industrial/transport 3%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Randu meadows. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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