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Location Latvia, Valmiera district
Central coordinates 25o 17.42' East  57o 44.12' North
IBA criteria C1
Area 454 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Latvijas Ornitologijas Biedriba

Site description Remnants of the open coastal flood-plain meadows around lake Burtnieks. A new site formed by thereduction of the former lake Burtnieks IBA, listed since 2000 [2, 1]. High protection level: there is a 95% overlap with the newly designated lake Burtnieks meadows restricted nature reserve, a candidate SPA. The gap between IBA and pSPA boundaries is mostly due to differences in boundary setting.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1994-2004  20-50 breeding pairs  unknown  C1  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Burtnieku ezera plavas Restricted Nature Territory 432 protected area contained by site 431  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  18%
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  14%
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland  9%
Shrubland Scrub  minor
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Standing freshwater  59%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 60%
tourism/recreation major
nature conservation and research major

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

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