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Location Lithuania, Utena and Vilnius
Central coordinates 25o 59.00' East  55o 21.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 36,827 ha
Altitude 140 - 210m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Lietuvos Ornitologu Draugija (Affiliate)



Site description A complex of woodlands (mostly pine Pinus-dominated), lakes, rivers and meadows. The majority of the area is under forest management and is used for recreation.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Osprey Pandion haliaetus breeding  1999  3 breeding pairs  unknown  B2  Least Concern 
Osprey Pandion haliaetus breeding  3 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Black Kite Milvus migrans breeding  3 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Pygmy-owl Glaucidium passerinum breeding  5 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Boreal Owl Aegolius funereus breeding  10-15 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  1999  40 breeding pairs  unknown  B2  Least Concern 
European Roller Coracias garrulus breeding  1999  12 breeding pairs  unknown  B2  Near Threatened 
European Roller Coracias garrulus breeding  9 breeding pairs  C6  Near Threatened 
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis resident  1999  15 breeding pairs  unknown  B2  Least Concern 
Wood Lark Lullula arborea breeding  1999  200 breeding pairs  unknown  B2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Aukstaitija National Park 40,570 protected area contains site 36,827  
Aukstaitijos nacionalinis parkas - LTIGN0018 Habitats Directive 33,750 protected area contained by site 33,750  
Labanoro giria - LTSVEB002 Birds Directive 53,065 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Labanoro regioninis parkas - LTMOL0010 Habitats Directive 52,976 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Vakarine Aukstaitijos nacionalinio parko dalis - LTIGNB003 Birds Directive 35,005 protected area contained by site 35,005  
Zeimenos upe - LTSVE0020 Habitats Directive 1,048 protected area overlaps with site 165  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland; Treeline ecotone  65%
Grassland Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands  2%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Raised bogs; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  13%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Urban parks and gardens  21%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 50%
hunting 10%
agriculture 20%
nature conservation and research 30%
tourism/recreation 30%

Protection status National High International None40,570 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Aukštaitija, 40,570 ha). 800 ha of IBA covered by Strict Nature reserve (800 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Initial area of Aukstaitija NP. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/08/2014

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