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Location Latvia, Valka district
Central coordinates 25o 55.13' East  57o 45.15' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 184 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Latvijas Ornitologijas Biedriba

Site description A small area of the Seda river flood-plain meadows surrounded by bushes and farmland. New IBA, listed for the first time after the Emerald project. Fully protected: there is a 99.3% overlap with the newly designated Burga meadows restricted nature reserve, a candidate SPA. The gap between IBA and pSPA boundaries is 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
Great Snipe Gallinago media breeding  1994-2004  10-15 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Burgas plavas Restricted Nature Territory 183 protected area contained by site 183  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  13%
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  60%
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  6%
Shrubland Scrub  2%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs  19%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 20%
hunting 15%
nature conservation and research major

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Burga meadows. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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