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Location Lithuania, Kaunas
Central coordinates 23o 55.00' East  54o 44.00' North
IBA criteria B2
Area 600 ha
Altitude 50 - 80m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Lietuvos Ornitologu Draugija (Affiliate)

Site description A complex of intensively farmed fish-ponds.

Key Biodiversity During the period 1995-1996 up to 10 pairs of breeding Sterna albifrons were found breeding in the area. 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
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris breeding  1998  4-6 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons breeding  1998  max 20 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   5%
Grassland   5%
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  75%
Artificial - terrestrial Highly improved re-seeded landscapes; Other urban and industrial areas  15%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 80%
tourism/recreation 20%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Islauzas fish-ponds. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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