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Location Lithuania, Taurage
Central coordinates 22o 26.00' East  55o 8.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 3,220 ha
Altitude 30 - 40m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Lietuvos Ornitologu Draugija (Affiliate)



Site description An area of boreal forest (60% pine Pinus, 20% alder Alnus and 10% birch Betula stands) with large bogs (covering 40% of total area).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Crane Grus grus breeding  1999  10-13 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria breeding  1990  3 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Karsuvos giria - LTJUR0008 Habitats Directive 38,314 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Viesvile Nature Reserve 3,216 protected area contains site 3,216  
Viesvilé Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 3,216 protected area contains site 3,216  
Viesviles aukstupio pelkynas - LTTAU0006 Habitats Directive 5,693 protected area contains site 3,220  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland; Treeline ecotone  84%
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs; Standing freshwater  16%

Land use

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

Protection status National High International High3,216 ha of IBA covered by Strict Nature Reserve (Viešvilë, 3,216 ha). 3,216 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Viešvilë, 3,216 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Viesvile Strict Nature Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/10/2014

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