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Location Lithuania, Marijampole
Central coordinates 22o 49.00' East  54o 43.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, C1
Area 496 ha
Altitude 40 m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Lietuvos Ornitologu Draugija (Affiliate)

Site description A river valley (50-100 m wide) with flood-meadows, scrub, swamps, streams and ponds. The whole valley is used for haymaking and grazing.

Key Biodiversity This is a particularly good site in Lithuania for Crex crex.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1998  34-35 breeding pairs  good  A1, B2  Least Concern 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1999  35 males only  C1  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Sirvinta river valley Landscape Reserve 0 protected area contains site 300  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  35%
Grassland Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands  53%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  12%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 35%
tourism/recreation -
rangeland/pastureland 53%
nature conservation and research -

Protection status National High International None300 ha of IBA covered by Landscape Reserve.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Valley of Sirvinta River. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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