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Location Lithuania, Panevezys
Central coordinates 24o 12.00' East  55o 32.00' North
IBA criteria B2
Area 8,680 ha
Altitude 70 - 100m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Lietuvos Ornitologu Draugija (Affiliate)

Site description A tract of mixed and deciduous forest, in central Lithuania, most of which is managed.

Key Biodiversity An important site for breeding birds of prey (especially Aquila pomarina), Ciconia nigra (no population estimate), and rare woodpecker species in Lithuania. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (on passage), Crex crex (5-6 calling males).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  1999  1-5 breeding pairs  unknown  B2  Least Concern 
Lesser Spotted Eagle Clanga pomarina breeding  1996  1-8 breeding pairs  unknown  B2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Krekenava Regional Park 11,929 protected area contains site 8,680  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland  50%
Grassland   15%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  10%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Urban parks and gardens  25%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 40%
forestry 50%
hunting 10%

Protection status National High International None8,680 ha of IBA covered by Regional Park (Krekenava, 11,929 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Krekenava forests. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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