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Location Latvia, Saldus district
Central coordinates 22o 19.00' East  56o 36.00' North
IBA criteria C2, C6
Area 3,878 ha
Altitude 80 - 110m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Latvijas Ornitologijas Biedriba

Site description A mosaic of about 30 fish-ponds, some with small islands and extensive emergent vegetation, Mixedforests and extensively managed or abandoned fields. Listed as an IBA since 1994 [2, 3, 1]. Almost fully protected: there is a 97.5% overlap with Satini ponds restricted nature reserve, a candidate SPA. The gap between IBA and pSPA boundaries is mostly due to differences in methods of boundary setting.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus passage  1994-2004  200-1,000 individuals  unknown  C2  Least Concern 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus breeding  1994-2004  4-5 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Lesser Spotted Eagle Clanga pomarina breeding  1994-2004  5-7 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Osprey Pandion haliaetus breeding  1994-2004  4-5 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Satinu diki Nature Reserve 3,780 protected area overlaps with site 3,780  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  52%
Shrubland Scrub  16%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Raised bogs; Standing freshwater  21%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  1%
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 11%
tourism/recreation 30%
forestry minor
nature conservation and research -
urban/industrial/transport 5%
fisheries/aquaculture 45%
hunting 80%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Satini fish-ponds. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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