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Location Lithuania, Kaunas
Central coordinates 24o 24.00' East  54o 33.00' North
IBA criteria B3
Area 690 ha
Altitude 40 - 70m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Lietuvos Ornitologu Draugija (Affiliate)

Site description Semi-natural wet meadows, scrub and deciduous forests in the Verknë river valley. Abandoned land is being overgrown by scrub.

Key Biodiversity An important breeding area for Circus pygargus. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex (up to 10 calling males).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1999  4 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Mixed woodland  20%
Shrubland Scrub  10%
Grassland Humid grasslands  30%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Water fringe vegetation  30%
Artificial - terrestrial Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 40%
forestry 10%
hunting 20%
not utilised 30%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Verkne river. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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