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Location Latvia, Madona district,Rezekne district
Central coordinates 26o 52.00' East  56o 44.00' North
IBA criteria C1, C2, C3, C4, C6
Area 21,338 ha
Altitude 90 - 112m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Latvijas Ornitologijas Biedriba



Site description Large wetland complex comprising lake Lubans, the surrounding fish-ponds and bogs. Significant forest cover and some flood-plain meadows or drained grassland also occur. A small part (Gomelis marsh) of the site was included in the first European IBA inventory [2] and expanded in the subsequent site lists [3, 4, 1]. Partially protected: there is a 37.8% overlap with seven restricted nature reserves, most of them candidate SPAs.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Osprey Pandion haliaetus breeding  1994-2004  3-6 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Northern Pintail Anas acuta passage  1994-2004  3,257 individuals  unknown  C3  Least Concern 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus passage  1994-2004  500-2,200 individuals  unknown  C2  Least Concern 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus breeding  1994-2004  3-5 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus passage  1994-2004  200-900 individuals  unknown  C2  Least Concern 
Smew Mergellus albellus passage  1994-2004  350 individuals  unknown  C2  Least Concern 
Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus breeding  1994-2004  2-10 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  1994-2004  2-5 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Not Recognised 
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris breeding  1994-2004  10-30 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
White-tailed Sea-eagle Haliaeetus albicilla non-breeding  1994-2004  15-30 individuals  unknown  C1  Least Concern 
White-tailed Sea-eagle Haliaeetus albicilla resident  1994-2004  2-4 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1994-2004  50-100 breeding pairs  unknown  C1  Least Concern 
Little Crake Zapornia parva breeding  1994-2004  2-10 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus breeding  1994-2004  35-1,000 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  1994-2004  100-200 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida breeding  1994-2004  1-5 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Black Tern Chlidonias niger breeding  1994-2004  100-500 breeding pairs  unknown  C2, C6  Least Concern 
Boreal Owl Aegolius funereus resident  1994-2004  2-4 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)  
Idenas un Kavapanu diki Restricted Nature Territory 1,116 protected area contained by site 1,116  
Īdiņu purvs Nature Reserve 818 protected area contained by site 817  
Lubana mitrajs - LV0536600 Birds Directive 51,352 protected area overlaps with site 20,225  
Lubānas ieplakas Nature Reserve 2,520 protected area contained by site 2,520  
Lubānas un Suļagala purvs Nature Reserve 2,899 protected area overlaps with site 2,886  
Pārabaine Nature Reserve 9,850 protected area overlaps with site 441  
Salas purvs Nature Reserve 3,862 protected area overlaps with site 20  
Tīrumnieku purvs Nature Reserve 267 protected area overlaps with site 262  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  19%
Shrubland Scrub  6%
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  11%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Raised bogs; Standing freshwater  62%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  1%

Land use

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lubans and fish-ponds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/11/2014

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