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Location Latvia, Kraslava district,Ludza district,Rezekne district
Central coordinates 27o 30.04' East  56o 16.37' North
IBA criteria C1, C2, C6
Area 59,690 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Latvijas Ornitologijas Biedriba

Site description Vast area of mixed extensive farmland, forests and lakes in the central part of the Latgale upland. Forests, mostly mixed and deciduous, cover ca 30% of the site. Numerous lakes also cover a significant area of about 14% of the site. New IBA listed for the first time under the IBA C criteria. Almost fully protected: there is a 99.9% overlap with the newly designated Razna nature park, 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
White Stork Ciconia ciconia breeding  1994-2004  100-200 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris breeding  1994-2004  10-30 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Lesser Spotted Eagle Clanga pomarina breeding  1994-2004  20-30 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1994-2004  300-700 breeding pairs  unknown  C1, C6  Least Concern 
Black Tern Chlidonias niger breeding  1994-2004  100-250 breeding pairs  unknown  C2, C6  Least Concern 
Picus canus resident  1994-2004  25-35 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Not Recognised 
Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius resident  1994-2004  25-50 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Osprey Pandion haliaetus breeding  1994-2004  3-7 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Razna Nature Park 59,615 protected area overlaps with site 59,612  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes; Other urban and industrial areas  31%
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  15%
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  30%
Shrubland Scrub  10%
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater  14%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 40%
forestry 30%
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -
hunting minor

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Razna. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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