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Location Lithuania, Panevezys
Central coordinates 24o 58.00' East  56o 16.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 16,475 ha
Altitude 60 - 70m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Lietuvos Ornitologu Draugija (Affiliate)



Site description An area of deciduous and mixed wet woodland which is under intensive forest management.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Hazel Grouse Bonasa bonasia breeding  1999  100 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  1999  10 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  1999  10-12 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Lesser Spotted Eagle Clanga pomarina breeding  1999  12 breeding pairs  unknown  B2  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus breeding  1999  8 breeding pairs  unknown  B2  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus breeding  1999  20-30 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Ural Owl Strix uralensis breeding  2001  9-10 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Pygmy-owl Glaucidium passerinum breeding  2001  15-25 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 
Picoides tridactylus breeding  2002  30 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 
Picus canus breeding  2002  20-30 breeding pairs  C6  Not Recognised 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Birzu giria Botanical/Zoological Reserve 144 protected area contained by site 144  
Birzu giria - LTBIR0006 Birds Directive 0 protected area overlaps with site 16,463  
Birzu giria - LTBIRB001 Birds Directive 17,683 protected area contains site 16,475  
Latveliai Botanical Reserve Botanical Reserve 100 protected area contained by site 100  
Nemunelio upes slenis - LTBIRB002 Birds Directive 1,550 protected area is adjacent to site 0  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland; Treeline ecotone  98%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  2%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 95%
tourism/recreation 40%
nature conservation and research 40%

Protection status National Low International None144 ha of IBA covered by Botanical Reserve (Biržø Giria, 144 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Birzai forest. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 02/09/2014

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