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Location Latvia, Jelgava district
Central coordinates 23o 43.00' East  56o 40.00' North
IBA criteria C1, C6
Area 392 ha
Altitude 0 - 3m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Latvijas Ornitologijas Biedriba



Site description The site consists of several small and separate fragments of Lielupe river floodplain meadows, some of the last surviving examples of its once vast floodplains. Listed as an IBA since 2000 [3, 1]. High protection level: there is a 89.1% overlap with Lielupe floodplain meadows restricted nature reserve, a candidate SPA. The gap between IBA and pSPA boundaries is partly due to differences in methods in boundary setting.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1994-2004  30-50 breeding pairs  unknown  C1  Least Concern 
Spotted Crake Porzana porzana breeding  1994-2004  10 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Lielupes palienes plavas Nature Reserve 352 protected area overlaps with site 349  
Lielupes palienes plavas - LV0523100 Birds Directive 352 protected area contained by site 352  
Svetes paliene - LV0303200 Birds Directive 931 protected area is adjacent to site 0  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  56%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams  36%
Artificial - terrestrial Highly improved re-seeded landscapes; Other urban and industrial areas  7%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
tourism/recreation major
nature conservation and research minor

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lielupe flood-plain meadows. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/12/2014

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