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Location Latvia, Jelgava district,Riga district
Central coordinates 23o 44.00' East  56o 55.00' North
IBA criteria C2, C4, C6
Area 3,052 ha
Altitude 0 - 2m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Latvijas Ornitologijas Biedriba

Site description Eutrophic coastal freshwater lake, rich in emergent vegetation. The site is tightly encircled by polder dykes and surrounded mostly by farmland. A small area of wet natural meadows remains in the SW part. The site was included in the first European IBA inventory [3] and all subsequent site lists [4, 5, 1]. High protection level: there is a 97.9% overlap with Babite lake restricted nature reserve, a candidate SPA.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus passage  1994-2004  380-700 individuals  unknown  C2  Least Concern 
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus breeding  1994-2004  15-30 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Black Tern Chlidonias niger breeding  1994-2004  60-155 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  20,000 individuals  C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Babites ezers Nature Reserve 2,988 protected area contained by site 2,988  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  13%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  87%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  minor
Forest Native coniferous woodland  minor

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting 60%
fisheries/aquaculture 80%
tourism/recreation minor
agriculture minor

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Babite lake. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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