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Location Lithuania, Kaunas,Marijampole
Central coordinates 23o 24.00' East  54o 56.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B3, C2
Area 837 ha
Altitude 70 m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Lietuvos Ornitologu Draugija (Affiliate)

Site description A bog which was formerly exploited for peat and then abandoned without any restorative measures being taken. It has now undergone some natural recovery, aided by the dam-creating activities of Eurasian beavers Castor fiber which are very common in the area.

Key Biodiversity The area is important for breeding Porzana porzana, for migrating Grus grus, and for moulting birds. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex (a few calling males).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Spotted Crake Porzana porzana breeding  1996  20 breeding pairs  good  B3  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus passage  1998  2,000 individuals  unknown  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus passage  1998  1,500 individuals  C2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Novaraistis Ornithological Reserve 827 protected area contained by site 827  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland; Treeline ecotone  55%
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs; Rivers and streams  41%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  3%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 100%
tourism/recreation -

Protection status National High International None827 ha of IBA covered by Ornithological Reserve (Novaraistis, 827 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Novaraistis State Ornithological Reserve. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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