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Location Latvia, Madona district
Central coordinates 26o 22.33' East  56o 52.10' North
IBA criteria B2, C1, C6
Area 10,834 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Latvijas Ornitologijas Biedriba

Site description A vast area of moderately fragmented mixture of open and largely drained fields along the Kuja river and its tributaries, and predominantly deciduous and mixed forest blocks. It comprises small areas of remnant flood-plain meadows. In parts, there are scattered old oak trees on fields. New IBA, listed for the first time after the Emerald project. Fully protected: there is a 99.6% overlap with the newly designated Kuja nature park, 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
Black Grouse Lyrurus tetrix resident  1994-2004  50-75 males only  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Lesser Spotted Eagle Clanga pomarina breeding  1994-2004  38-40 breeding pairs  unknown  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1994-2004  100-130 breeding pairs  unknown  C1  Least Concern 
Great Snipe Gallinago media breeding  1994-2004  10-15 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Near Threatened 
Dendrocopos leucotos resident  1994-2004  10-20 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Not Recognised 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Kuja Nature Park 10,788 protected area overlaps with site 10,788  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  17%
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  41%
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  38%
Shrubland Scrub  5%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 50%
forestry 35%
tourism/recreation minor
urban/industrial/transport minor
hunting major
nature conservation and research minor

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Kuja. Downloaded from on 29/10/2016

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