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Location Latvia, Jelgava district
Central coordinates 23o 39.00' East  56o 43.00' North
IBA criteria C1, C2, C3, C4
Area 932 ha
Altitude 0 - 2m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Latvijas Ornitologijas Biedriba

Site description Flood-plain of the Svete and Lielupe rivers, with mostly arable and fallow fields, regularly flooded during spring. Small remnants of natural floodplain meadows occur along Svete. The site is surrounded by polders and farmland. Listed as an IBA since 2000 [2, 1]. Fully protected: there is a 98.6% overlap with the newly designated Svete floodplain nature park, a candidate SPA. The gap between IBA and pSPA boundaries is 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
Northern Pintail Anas acuta passage  1994-2004  1,500 individuals  unknown  C3  Least Concern 
Bean Goose Anser fabalis passage  1994-2004  2,500-6,500 individuals  unknown  C3  Least Concern 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus passage  1994-2004  500-1,000 individuals  unknown  C2  Least Concern 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1994-2004  25-50 breeding pairs  unknown  C1  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)  
Svetes paliene Nature Park 931 protected area overlaps with site 919  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Scrub  minor
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  66%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams  23%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  11%
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  minor

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture major
tourism/recreation 7%
urban/industrial/transport minor

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Svete lower reaches. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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