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Location Latvia, Balvi district,Gulbene district
Central coordinates 26o 59.00' East  57o 8.00' North
IBA criteria C1, C2, C6
Area 1,193 ha
Altitude 80 - 120m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Latvijas Ornitologijas Biedriba

Site description Flood-plains of the Pededze and Sita rivers comprising significant areas of natural and regularly flooded meadows. Pededze is strongly meandering in its unregulated course, lined with many oxbows and scattered old Oak trees. The latter form a few rather dense park-like groups or small patches of wooded meadows. Listed as an IBA since 2000 [2, 1]. Almost fully protected: there is a 98.1% overlap with two newly designated specially protected areas and candidate SPAs, Sita and Pededze floodplain and Mugurve meadows. The gap between IBA and pSPA boundaries is mostly 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  50-70 breeding pairs  unknown  C1  Least Concern 
Great Snipe Gallinago media breeding  1994-2004  20-40 breeding pairs  unknown  C1, C2, C6  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Mugurves plavas Restricted Nature Territory 317 protected area contained by site 317  
Sitas un Pededzes paliene Restricted Nature Territory 870 protected area overlaps with site 853  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  15%
Shrubland Scrub  15%
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  62%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  7%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation 7%
hunting 70%
agriculture 50%
nature conservation and research minor
forestry minor

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Sita and Pededze flood-plain. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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