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Location Lithuania, Kaunas
Central coordinates 24o 20.00' East  54o 55.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2
Area 250 ha
Altitude 40 - 60m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Lietuvos Ornitologu Draugija (Affiliate)

Site description Semi-natural wet meadows in a river valley (100-500 m wide) with some Salix bushes and small ponds. Floods are seasonal but irregular and the meadows have varied water regimes. Grazing and haymaking take place at low intensity.

Key Biodiversity The area supports one of the highest breeding densities of Crex crex in Lithuania, with the meadows in the Kaišiadorys district providing particularly suitable habitat.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1999  30 breeding pairs  good  A1  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  10%
Grassland Humid grasslands  75%
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs; Standing freshwater  15%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 75%
not utilised 10%
tourism/recreation 20%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Sesuva river. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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