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Location Latvia, Liepaja district
Central coordinates 21o 24.00' East  56o 16.00' North
IBA criteria C3
Area 1,807 ha
Altitude 40 - 43m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Latvijas Ornitologijas Biedriba

Site description A large open raised bog, largely unaffected by drainage, with small lakes and several forested islands. Area encompasses parts of the surrounding forests, including the largest natural stand of European Hornbeam Carpinus betulus in Latvia. Listed in all previous IBA inventories since 1994 [4, 5, 1]. Almost fully protected: there is a 99.7% overlap with Dunika restricted nature reserve, a candidate SPA.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bean Goose Anser fabalis passage  1994-2004  500-3,000 individuals  unknown  C3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Dunika Nature Reserve 1,802 protected area contained by site 1,801  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  30%
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs  46%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  minor
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  minor
Shrubland Scrub  23%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting major
urban/industrial/transport minor
tourism/recreation 100%
forestry -

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

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