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Location Latvia, Liepaja district
Central coordinates 21o 24.00' East  56o 38.00' North
IBA criteria C1
Area 596 ha
Altitude 23 - 50m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Latvijas Ornitologijas Biedriba

Site description The NE part of Durbe lake with wet meadows and fields along the Lanupe river. The site is surroundedmainly by farmland. Listed as an IBA since 2000 [3, 1]. Fully protected: there is a 100% overlap with the newly designated Durbe lake meadows restricted nature reserve, a candidate SPA.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1994-2004  20 breeding pairs  unknown  C1  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Durbes ezera plavas Restricted Nature Territory 596 protected area contains site 596  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Scrub  12%
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  54%
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater  30%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  4%
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  minor

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 50%
fisheries/aquaculture 30%
nature conservation and research minor
water management 30%
tourism/recreation minor

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Durbe lake meadows. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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