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Location Lithuania, Klaipeda and Telsiai
Central coordinates 21o 23.00' East  55o 41.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C1, C6
Area 2,239 ha
Altitude 10 - 100m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Lietuvos Ornitologu Draugija (Affiliate)

Site description The area comprises the Minija and Babrungas valleys, and includes deciduous forests and meadows. The riverbanks are high.

Key Biodiversity Important numbers of Alcedo atthis breed. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex (a few pairs).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  2002  300 males only  C1  Least Concern 
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis resident  1997  15 breeding pairs  unknown  B2  Least Concern 
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis breeding  2002  60-80 breeding pairs  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Minija Ichtiological Reserve 1,976 protected area overlaps with site 300  
Minijos Senslenis Landscape Reserve Landscape Reserve 0 protected area contained by site 960  
Minijos slenis ties Dyburiais - LTKRE0002 Habitats Directive 804 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Minijos upe - LTKLA0007 Habitats Directive 2,197 protected area overlaps with site 984  
Minijos upes slenis - LTKLA0003 Habitats Directive 1,818 protected area overlaps with site 226  
Minijos upes slenis - LTKLAB005 Birds Directive 2,239 is identical to site 2,239  
Nemuno delta - LTSIU0013 Habitats Directive 23,921 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Nemuno delta - LTSLUB001 Birds Directive 26,673 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Veivirzo ir Salpes upes - LTKLA0010 Habitats Directive 1,073 protected area is adjacent to site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  7%
Grassland   26%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  11%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Urban parks and gardens  55%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 7%
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
agriculture 55%
rangeland/pastureland 26%

Protection status National Partial International None300 ha of IBA covered by Ichthyological Reserve (Minija, 1,976 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Valley of Minija River. Downloaded from on 06/05/2015

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