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Location Lithuania, Kaunas
Central coordinates 24o 11.00' East  54o 39.00' North
IBA criteria B2
Area 100 ha
Altitude 50 - 70m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Lietuvos Ornitologu Draugija (Affiliate)

Site description A complex of four lakes and ponds with surrounding meadows. The area is used intensively for fishing and recreation.

Key Biodiversity A rich area for breeding waterbirds, especially Chlidonias niger but also including, for example, three grebe species (Podiceps cristatus, P. nigricollis and Tachybaptus ruficollis).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Tern Chlidonias niger breeding  1998  30-35 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Scrub  5%
Grassland Humid grasslands  10%
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  70%
Artificial - terrestrial Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  15%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 20%
tourism/recreation 40%
not utilised 20%
fisheries/aquaculture 30%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Lake Kasonys and adjacent wetlands. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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